Report finds Georgians to get more choices in healthcare market - WRBL

Report finds Georgians to get more choices in healthcare marketplace

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A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that in Georgia, consumers will see increased competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace, leading to new and affordable choices for consumers. 

The report finds that Georgia consumers will be able to choose from an average of 50 health plans in the Marketplace. That compares to a choice of at least two choices for the vast majority of consumers nationally, according to the report.

"We are excited to see that rates in the Georgia Marketplace are even lower than originally projected," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

In less than a week, the new Marketplace will be open for business where millions of Americans will be able to shop for and purchase health insurance coverage in one place.  Once it opens, consumers will be able to find out whether they qualify for premium assistance and compare plans side-by-side based on pricing, quality and benefits.  No one can be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. 

October 1 marks the beginning of a six-month long open enrollment period that runs through March 2014.  Coverage begins as early as January 1, or in as little as 100 days from today.



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