AMSA Local Health Policy Coordinator
Amidst the media turmoil surrounding the website healthcare.gov, developed to help citizens obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, I decided to try my luck navigating the website and see if the media recounted the experience accurately.
After opening up the healthcare.gov webpage, I was immediately prompted to click the big orange link to begin the application. The new page that appears after clicking the apply link allowed me to choose whether or not I want to finish the application online or by phone. As my experiment was to determine if the website was functional I chose to finish online. The next steps were to create a profile and provide information to determine my financial eligibility.
Impressively, when it was all said and done, the entire process did not take more than 15-20 minutes and was incredibly simple. Furthermore, before logging off I knew exactly what type of coverage I was eligible for. My hope with all of this is to inform people who have not applied for health insurance due to website issues to know that they can rest assured that progress has been made. My experience with healthcare.gov was simple, quick and painless.