New tool allows detailed comparisons of health care plans in Pa.
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 12.07.16
(Harrisburg) -- The future of the federal Affordable Care Act may be in flux, but people shopping for health insurance have a new option to compare plans.
The state Insurance Department has partnered with the Center for the Study of Services on the website, PA Checkbook Health.
It will allow people to compare plans based on their estimated average monthly and yearly total cost, the cost in a year when someone uses a lot of health care services, and the overall quality.
The tool, at pa.checkbookhealth.org, also allows people to look up doctors and prescription drugs to see if they are in-network for each health insurance plan.
Open enrollment runs until the end of next month, but plans must be purchased by December 15th for coverage to start January 1st.
The Insurance Department says people who don't have coverage should purchase it, despite questions about the ACA's future.
Congress isn't expected to take action on Obamacare until the new year, and changes may not go into effect for years.
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