HHS Unveils HealthCare.gov 3.0

The administration on Friday said consumers will find a sleeker, easier-to-use HealthCare.gov when Obamacare’s third round of sign-ups begins Nov. 1.

Setting a high bar for the portal that famously crashed in fall 2013, officials said the website that serves 38 states is 40 percent quicker than last year and will let customers calculate their out-of-pocket costs — a part of the purchasing process that can be overshadowed by premium amounts and taxpayer subsidies offered to qualified customers under the Affordable Care Act.

“The consumer experience this year will be easier and faster,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The site will open for window-shopping on Sunday, though officials said they’re not ready to launch tools that will allow users to search for plans that are accepted by their doctors and cover their prescriptions.