U.S. launches Spanish-language healthcare website

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 9, 2013 8:56pm EST

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has debuted the Spanish-language version of the healthcare website that will help Latinos to shop and sign up for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.

The site, www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov, was soft-launched over the weekend. Over the next month, the Department of Health and Human Services will boost its promotional efforts to introduce the site to Spanish-language speakers.

The department will rely on feedback from Spanish-language organizations that use the site during the initial stage to improve it before it is mass marketed, said department spokeswoman Joanne Peters.

The Spanish-language version of the site was delayed after the disastrous October 1 launch of HealthCare.gov, which was swamped with technical glitches and did not have enough capacity to handle all the users who went to the site to enroll.

Improvements in hardware and software made to Healthcare.gov will benefit CuidadoDeSalud.gov, officials said.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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BlueOkie wrote:
Looks like we contracted this out to the Chinese! What’s wrong with English? Why not Italian, French, German etc etc. Why is Spanish getting such a high place.

Dec 10, 2013 11:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
lemonfemale wrote:
@BlueOkie Because parts of the US comprise Spanish speakers who have been here since before there was a US. Parts of the Southwest have been Spanish since the 1500s. America came to them.
I hope that Hispanics realize this is part of Obama’s “support” of them. He didn’t get immigration reform through when he had control of both houses of Congress. And he only just now bothers to get the ACA website translated into Spanish. Of course considering what a choque de trenes it turned out to be, maybe they should be thankful.

Dec 10, 2013 1:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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