The first phase of America’s new healthcare overhaul kicked in this past week. It will take years before the whole program is in place, but we are finally on the road to a healthcare system that is actually designed to benefit people, not corporations. Here is the first evidence that things are changing for the better.

For many families and small businesses, finding the right insurance plan has meant spending hours on the phone deciphering confusing insurance company lingo and reading way too much fine print. Today finding health insurance just got easier with the launch of

The new website, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helps us understand all the health insurance options available in our area. After answering just a few basic questions, the website’s insurance finder will identify public and private coverage options that might be right for you.

From you can receive updates on the implementation of the new law and, as the website grows, you will be able to research health plan quality ratings, learn about disease prevention, and compare health plan prices. This is the new first stop for America’s healthcare needs.

This website is the beginning of the transparency and peace of mind promised by the new law to check the insurance companies’ bad practices and greedy behavior. represents an important step in implementation and allows us all to take health care out of the hands of corporations. is an important step as America moves forward to end the insurance company’s stranglehold over the American health care system. Let this resource will move you closer the peace of mind promised by the new law.

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