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eHealth Price Index: What are early health insurance shoppers purchasing this open enrollment period?

By on January 22nd, 2015
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Are you one of the many who have recently reshopped to buy a new health insurance plan this open enrollment period? If so, how much are you paying for coverage? And how much has it changed since last year?skd283982sdc

According to new data based on consumers who purchased coverage through eHealth during the first half of open enrollment, the average monthly premium for individual coverage was $304 per month. Families paid an average monthly premium of $751.

Recently, eHealth published an analysis of individual and family health insurance shopping trends covering the Affordable Care Act’s first half of the open enrollment period from November 15 through December 31, 2014.

The analysis is based on applications for individual and family health insurance plans submitted through eHealth. The data reflect Read the rest of this entry »

Applying for government subsidies takes as little as five minutes at eHealth

By on January 16th, 2015
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Yes, that’s right.

eHealth has identified  yet another reason to shop for health insurance at eHealth.com instead of Healthcare.gov.

In most states, eHealth is able to offer  1) more health plans than government exchanges and 2) give health insurance shoppers what’s been described as “the most usable online marketplace experience.” (source 1) Cool, right?

Here’s a bonus: we refined our tax credit subsidy application for both desktop users, iPhone and Android mobile visitors to eHealth.com. Currently, the new streamlined subsidy application is integrated into the application process at eHealth for states served by the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov.Man holding tablet pc and credit card indoor, Shopping online

What can consumers expect when shopping for individual and family health insurance at eHealth.com? Here are four things:

  • An easier, faster way to complete the subsidy application process: an eHealth analysis shows that some consumers can now complete the subsidy application in as little as five minutes. (source 2)
  • The ability to complete the process entirely through a mobile device. Mobile users can get personal quotes, compare plans, review plan details, complete the subsidy application, and enroll in the plan of their choice from a handheld device.
  • Access to the same health insurance plans and government tax credits available through Healthcare.gov.
  • Access to the broadest selection of subsidy-eligible and non-subsidy health insurance plans in the nation, as well as eHealth’s easy-to-use plan comparison tools, plus personal help from eHealth’s licensed agents and representatives by phone or live online chat.

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Why consumers may be better served by shopping at eHealth

By on January 16th, 2015
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Map_PReHealth released an interesting analysis on the number of Affordable Care Act health insurance plans presented to consumers through eHealth compared to the number of plans offered by Healthcare.gov in 33 states.

According to the release, the analysis shows that eHealth can help consumers choose from a total of 6,249 plans when they shop through eHealth, including more than 1,900 health insurance plans not available on Healthcare.gov. (wow!)

What does this mean for you?

We highly recommend reshopping even if you’ve already got coverage, and especially if you have subsidies. Just like many other important purchases, shopping for health insurance can be confusing, and stressful, so it’s very important to look at all your options.

Government-run exchanges are not necessarily your best option when shopping for coverage, especially if you are not eligible for a subsidy. In some cases, private online marketplaces like eHealth may offer more coverage choices and a better shopping experience. In fact, many band-name health insurance companies offer certain plans only outside of government exchanges. So, if you want to get the broadest view of what’s out there, look at plans available through Read the rest of this entry »

The Top Five Things You Can Do Now That You Are Insured

By on January 2nd, 2015
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The top five things you can do now that you are insured“New year, new you” is how most people like to enter the New Year. For those that enrolled in a health plan by January 1, now is the time to revisit all of those things you might have been a little too scared to try without health insurance last year.

While the list of activities are now close to endless for you, here are the top five things we thought would be fun if you haven’t tried them out yet already… Read the rest of this entry »

You still have time to sign up for Obamacare

By on December 29th, 2014
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Your time to accomplish all of the things you wanted to do in 2014 is quickly fading.

You might not have time to find your name on a Coke label, or download your copy of FlappyBird, but you do still have time to sign up for Obamacare before the new year.

To help remind you that you do still have time to sign up for Obamacare, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you wont be able to do before the new year begins.

You might not have time to… Read the rest of this entry »