Is HealthSherpa really helping or are they just capitalizing on the huge IT/PR snafu that is healthcare.gov?
I mean, isn't it entirely fucked up that HealthSherpa directs me to "Call Western at (888) 227-5942" without knowing that I'm eligible for government assistance?
edit: a word
(Yes it's a bad design)
Exactly my point. This whole site strikes me as programmer hubris.
Do you have a screenshot of what you're seeing?
Here's some feedback.
- First and foremost, your dataset does not seem to be accurate. For my info, CoveredCA gives me only 4 options while your site gives 8! Please update it. [Happy to PM details if you want to investigate]
- I like the simplicity of design and responsiveness. Much better UI than CoveredCA.
- Instead of Radio Buttons (single selection) for plan type, allow multiple.
- For new folks, please include plan details so that they can decide which plan type they want.
Health Sherpa seems to provide a quick and easy way to compare premiums by region, but lacks detailed information such as deductibles, and specific provider information. Certainly helpful, but by no means a functional replacement for the requirements of healthcare.gov.
(notice clicking "Apply" sends you to the home page of the insurer, and gives a phone number).
The current system actually contains this information, and probably had a nice view of it, but the misguided people in charge don't want us to see it, despite it all being nicely available in JSON at data.healthcare.gov.
I would not consider that to be a problem still plaguing the site, as poor of a decision as it may have been originally.
Maybe add age on the first page with zip code.
I'd love for it to have a glossary. Coinsurance? HSA? PPO? Copay? Catastrophic?
I'm responding to the majority of press this things is getting comparing the two: "Look how broken and inefficient the government site building process is when three guys can build a slick competitor in days."
Big IT projects done by big organisations in a rush rarely go well.
I'm not from the USA either, so take your pinch of salt.
When you hear a climber say "I hired two Sherpas to help me port supplies up the North Col" it's almost akin to saying "I hired two chinamen to help me lug these boxes around." How well do you think that would go off in civilized society? It only almost-kinda-sortof makes sense in the highest regions of the Himalayas as Sherpas apparently have genetic adaptations that make them superhuman climbers at that altitude so you might want to clarify "The climbers I hired were Sherpa, specifically."
I'm not really sure at all why you chose "Health Sherpa" as a name (what's the connection?). Just FYI, you're productizing the name of a people.
 eg The Sherpas and Pakistani high-altitude porters (HAPs) started to prepare fixed lines upwards before midnight.
 https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sherpa [not pejorative]
Verb. sherpa (third-person singular simple present sherpas, present participle sherpaing, simple past and past participle sherpaed)
(rare) To serve as a guide or porter for another.
I am pretty sure a very VERY large percentage of people consider the "Sherpas" to be "The badass people who guide tourists up everest" with little consideration (or knowledge) of the group as a distinct ethnicity.
Personally that is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word "Sherpa"
 yea yea, citation needed, I have none, anecdotal evidence..
NRNs: Non Resident Nepalese.