Friday, October 4, 2013

New York State of Health - Affordable Care Act Premium Estimator


If you are trying to estimate your possible premium choices in New York State in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Read on...

If you go to http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/PremiumEstimator you will be able to download an Excel Spreadsheet that allows you to estimate your premium cost choices in the new New York State affordable care act marketplace.

But amazingly the spreadsheet not only requires Microsoft Excel (a paid product) but also certain versions of Microsoft Excel. This is a very bad example of data sharing. It should really be a web application.

But until we as a society create that web application, here are two formats of the given spreadsheet that should work in older versions of Microsoft Excel and in Apache OpenOffice.