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New Website makes buying health insurance in Massachusetts easier

Health Care Reform is Massachusetts’ plan to reduce the number of people in their state who have no health insurance. As of July 1, 2007, as part of the new health care law, Massachusetts residents age 18 or older must carry health insurance that meets certain minimum standards. Health Connector, the Massachusetts panel overseeing the new health care law, recently launched a new Web site (www.mahealthconnector.org)to help consumers compare and select lower cost plans created by the law.

The site provides detailed information on all the plans, including covered benefits, premiums, co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Visitors can scrutinize each plan individually as well as view side-by-side comparisons before making their CommChoice selections. The new Commonwealth Choice program offers health insurance plans from six participating carriers: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan and Tufts Health Plan.