Health website aims to help Minn. consumers

A coalition of advocacy organizations has launched a new website to help Minnesotans understand how the federal health care law may affect them personally.

The coalition includes the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Childrens' Defense Fund - Minnesota.

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the trade organization representing the state's health insurers, funded the interactive website.

"What we know is that there're going to be people who are going to be better off because of the subsidies and supports that are going to be available under the new law," said Julie Brunner, the council's executive director. "And there are people who are going to experience increases in the cost of their health care. So we're trying to give a general guide to help people begin to figure that out."

The online tool is available at The tool relies on projections prepared for MNSURE, the online marketplace where Minnesotans will be able to comparison shop for health insurance.