The Department of Health and Human Services expects by July 1 to launch a Web portal enabling consumers and small business to obtain insurance coverage information in their states.

Launching of the portal on July 1 is mandated under the health care reform law. HHS on May 5 published an interim final rule explaining how it will meet that deadline. The rule is effective on May 10 with a comment period through June 4. "This interim final rule adopts the categories of information that will be collected and displayed as Web portal content, and the data we will require from issuers and request from states, associations and high-risk pools in order to create this content," according to HHS.

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