Patrick “optimistic” about new health care website

New system goes live at 8:00 Saturday morning

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s cautiously optimistic about the state’s revamped health insurance website.

Patrick said the team charged with fixing the website has been “testing and retesting” the new website which he says has a “98 percent passage rate.”

The new system will go live at 8 a.m. Saturday, the start of the new open enrollment period, allowing people who need coverage to sign up for insurance plans.

Consumers will be able to use the website to browse health plans anonymously, create a new account, complete an application online, and find out what program they qualify for.

They will also be able to compare plans, including premiums, co-pays and benefits.

People who meet income eligibility requirements can get help paying for their coverage through the Health Connector or free coverage through MassHealth.

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