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Industry Insurance
Founded 1997
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Mountain View, California
Key people
Gary Lauer
Bill Shaughnessy
Robert S. Hurley
Tom Tsao
Stuart Huizinga
Jeff Bernstein
Mike Price
Products Health Insurance
Revenue 150.49M

eHealth, Inc. bills itself as America's first and largest private online marketplace for health insurance.

The company's website, which is lists prices for various health insurance plans and allows consumers to apply for coverage online.[1]

In 2013 eHealth, along with other "web brokers" signed deals with to enroll subsidy-eligible consumers in the newly approved health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) [2]

eHealth maintains its license to market and sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and offers health plans from over 180 health insurance companies and offers more than 10,000 health insurance products.

eHealth, Inc. eHealth was founded in 1997, and its technology was responsible for the nation's first Internet-based sale of a health insurance policy.[citation needed] eHealth, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Competitors include other online health insurance brokers such as HealthSherpa

In November of 2008, following the disastrous rollout of, eight Senate Democrats — including key leadership member Charles Schumer of New York — told the Obama administration that they “continue to be troubled by the ongoing technical difficulties” with and want an alternative way for insurers and web-based brokers to enroll subsidy-eligible consumers. [3]

Health Insurance Exchanges[edit]

As previously noted, eHealth's one of a handful of private companies that operate in partnership with the various government-run health insurance exchanges created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act legislation.

eHealth has been politically active on issues related to health insurance. Testimony, editorials and letters to governmental bodies issued by eHealth are available online at its parent company's website.[4] The company has issued a number of research reports on the individual health insurance and Health Savings Account markets, which are available on its website.

In 2015, eHealth's CEO began pushing for reforms to the law aimed at helping the middle-class afford health insurance. [5]


In 2014, eHealth acquired the domain [6] as part of its move into the Medicare market.

In 2010, eHealth acquired privately held PlanPrescriber, Inc. (formerly known as Experion Systems, Inc.) to aid its entry into the Medicare marketplace.

PlanPrescriber provides a tool that functions online and through pharmacy-based portals to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options and choose the right plan.

As a result of the transaction, PlanPrescriber became a wholly owned subsidiary of eHealth, Inc.[7]


  1. ^ Applyby, Julie (September 4, 2009). "Health Care: Lowering costs for old could raise them for young". USA Today. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mangin, Dan (July 31, 2013). "Insurance exchange deal signed with Web insurer sites". CNBC. CNBC. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ Julie Appleby. "8 Senate Democrats Seek Obamacare Enrollment ‘Alternative". Kaiser Health News. 
  4. ^ Gary Lauer. "Connecting Americans to Health Insurance Coverage Overnight". Roll Call. 
  5. ^ Gary Lauer. "Presidential candidates should pledge to make Obamacare affordable for the middle-class". The Hill. 
  6. ^ "Publicly Held eHealth Purchases For $4.8 Million" (Press release). The Domains. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "eHealth, Inc. Announces Acquisition of PlanPrescriber, Inc" (Press release). eHealth. May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 

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