It pays to be a smart shopper. That’s the conclusion of a new federal report that found New Jersey consumers who purchased healthcare on healthcare.gov, the federal portal for the Affordable Care Act, saved $663 in the second year of the program just by shopping for a better deal.
The report tracked consumers who switched providers but kept the same level of coverage — 35 percent of enrollees. These consumers saved an average of $55 a month, or $663 a year, without any loss of services.
New Jersey shoppers are expected to find similar deals this year, according to federal Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Today is the first day to shop for 2017 plans. To do so, go to www.healthcare.gov. The site has a new out-of-pocket cost estimator to help shoppers make decisions.