Top Health Insurance Quote, Information Web Site Offers State-Specific Pages for California Consumers, Texas Consumers

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The Health Insurance Resource Center at healthinsurance.org has added state-specific sections on its site with information targeted for California and Texas consumers of health insurance and major medical insurance.

The Health Insurance Resource Center at healthinsurance.org has added a state-specific sections on its site with information targeted for California and Texas consumers of health insurance and major medical insurance.

Healthinsurance.org is one of the Web’s oldest and respected consumer sites, offering visitors access to individual, family and small business health insurance quotes since 1994. The site also offers a much-linked-to glossary of health insurance terms, health insurance consumer tips, 53 ways for consumers to reduce their health care expenses, information on and links to state health risk pools for the medically-uninsurable, and much more.

The creation of state-specific pages has been planned for some time, according to site editor Charles Smith-Dewey. “Health insurance availability and legislation governing it varies widely from state-to-state,” he said. “By mid-year we will have state-specific pages for all states, offering an even more information-rich site than we already have.”

The California and Texas sections of healthinsurance.org includes links to a variety of resources for California health insurance and health care consumers. The site is heavily weighted toward directing consumers to non-profit and governmental sites which can provide information without promoting a specific company or plan, Smith-Dewey said. “Our intent is to arm consumers with the knowledge they need to make wise choices in protecting their family’s health.

“We also give one-click access to the California and Texan sections of US News’ report card on the best health insurance plans,” he added. “We offer a great deal of original content on the healthinsurance.org site, but in the state sections we are performing more of an editor’s role in seeking out information published elsewhere, and then making an organized index to it. Our more-than-a-decade’s experience following health insurance news allows us to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

Finding information on health insurance isn’t the problem -- wading through it is, he added. “If you do a Google search on ‘California Health Insurance’ you’ll get 43 million results. We want to winnow it down to a handful of the most useful resources and organizes it in a way to save the busy person time,” he said.

Healthinsurance.org works with several partners, including the non-profit group Communicating for Agriculture & the Self-Employed, a national group representing America's smallest businesses and entrepreneurs (http://www.self-employedcountry.org). Healthinsurance.org's editors have worked closely with CA over the past 19 years in producing that organization's annual technical guide on state health risk pools to give the medically-uninsurable access to health care at an affordable price.

Beginning in 1976 in Minnesota, now 30 states have enacted these risk pools to help protect their citizens, including California's in 1979.

"In May 2002, California's risk pool switched to a short term solution for Californians, providing them a maximum of 36 months of health care before having them migrate to guaranteed-issue insurance from private companies," Smith-Dewey said. "Having state specific sections allows us to expand coverage on the areas of interest to citizens from specific areas."

The new section on California health insurance can be viewed at http://www.healthinsurance.org/california .

The new section on Texas health insurance can be viewed at http://www.healthinsurance.org/texas .

Healthinsurance.org provides free information and resources on individual health insurance, major medical insurance and private medical insurance but is not an insurer.

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