The Affordable Care Act and you: part 12

By Eric Greene

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM CDT

This week marks a fresh start for the Affordable Care Act, with better speed and a new feature.

Consumer Reports, which gave a big thumbs down to the original HealthCare.gov, calls the new site, "terrific."

The new site includes a new feature which enrollees should find helpful. It is a browsing function on the home page that allows you to checks plans, as well as premiums and provider networks.

But what if you got stuck on the website before it was revamped and threw in the towel? Consumer Reports recommends starting over and not worry about any information you have submitted.

Also, make sure you have your financial information on hand while enrolling, and don't hesitate to use the new shopping browser to narrow your choices.

It is also recommended if you have not heard for the insurance company a week after enrolling, give the company a call.

In the meantime, there is a warning to watch for fake Obamacare resource websites. There's one in California called "CoveringHealthCareCA.com".

It is not a scam, but rather politics in action. California state assembly Republicans are alleged to have sent a mailer, leading people to the site, claiming it will help them navigate the ACA.

However, not all of the information is factual. The website has a disclaimer absolving the assembly GOP members of any inaccuracies. One of the goals of the site is to sour people on the new health care law.

Remember, the only "official" websites end in dot.gov, not dot.com.