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What are your top three financial fears?

By on February 17th, 2015
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Which of the following are among your top three financial fears?

  • An expensive medical emergency
  • Funding my retirement
  • Paying for healthcare
  • Not being able to afford my mortgage or rent
  • Losing my job
  • Paying for my child’s/ future child’s education
  • Other

I don’t know about you, but it was hard for me to just choose three! While many of us fear to be in any of these situations, eHealth found that “an expensive medical emergency” topped the list.

It makes you wonder…”Would I be able to cover a major medical emergency?”

Recently, eHealth launched its Coverage Satisfaction Index to track consumer opinions about coverage, health and finances. The eHealth Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative adults 18 years and older, plus oversamples of 500 respondents who purchased private insurance between December 12th and December 19th, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Should CHIP be reauthorized?

By on March 18th, 2015
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If you’ve noticed the trending CHIP hashtags on Twitter today, you may be wondering: What’s up with the buzz around CHIP?

Here’s what you need to know: Today, the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment published some interesting data that looks at the effects of thGraph and hande 2008 Medicaid expansion in the U.S. state of Oregon.

About the study:

In 2008, Oregon initiated a limited expansion of its Medicaid program for low-income adults through a lottery drawing of approximately 30,000 names from a waiting list of almost 90,000 persons. Selected adults won the opportunity to apply for Medicaid   and to enroll if they met eligibility requirements.   This lottery presented an opportunity to study the effects of Medicaid with the use of random assignment. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »