In 1998, staff at Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Health Care Research and Policy created a website to provide state-specific guides for consumers on getting and keeping health insurance and to distill information gathered there for policy-makers and journalists, supported in part by a grant from RWJF (see Program Results Report on ID# 031425). From May 2000 through June 2002, project staff updated and expanded the guides and enhanced the website.
The project yielded the following results:
- Project staff updated and expanded the 51 online guides (one for each state and the District of Columbia).
- Project staff enhanced the Web site to make it more accessible and helpful to consumers.
- Project staff created an electronic newsletter, News You Can Use from healthinsuranceinfo.net, to brief consumers and policy-makers about key issues in private health insurance coverage.