D.C. launches New Health Reform Law website. (Get ready to protest, tea partiers! or find some information for yourself or a family member. Morons.)

Last Friday, the District of Columbia government announced the launch of a new comprehensive website aimed at educating District consumers about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health reform law that was enacted in March. Similar to the national website created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the District’s site at www.healthreform.dc.gov will provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.

Launched to coincide with the annual Health Insurance Awareness Month in November, which is also during the District government’s open enrollment season (Nov. 8 to Dec. 13, 2010), the new site is a central database combining health coverage options from public programs (from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan) with information from several private insurance plans. The site also includes tips on preventive care, healthy living choices, tax credits for small businesses, and District legislation and regulations. Consumers can receive information about options specific to their life situations and the District of Columbia community. In addition, the site has links to health-based think tanks and HHS, which is overseeing implementation of federal health reform nationwide.

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