eHealth: A Review of the Health Insurance Website

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If you are searching for the best and most affordable health insurance coverage available, one good place to begin your search is eHealth. The company is one of the most well-known and established health insurance websites in the industry.

Vip Patel founded the online health insurance agency as a result of a bout with food poisoning as a college student in the 1980s. After suffering through the illness because he was too concerned about the cost of emergency room care, Patel developed the concept of an internet-based health insurance company in 1997.

With more than 25 years of experience as an insurance broker, eHealth can help you get a quote for dental, vision, short-term, and business health insurance. You can shop for coverage and buy a health insurance policy on the website in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The company went public in 2006 and is traded on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol of EHTH.

How eHealth Works

On the eHealth website, you can search for health insurance quotes by entering your personal information and then be matched to insurance company partners. All personal information entered on the website is secure and protected through TRUSTe technology.

Some of the eHealth company partners include Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Highmark, WellCare, BlueCross, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealth. Your geographic location may limit the availability of a certain health insurance company. Once you have purchased a policy, eHealth continues to provide services on your policy. The website has 24-hour support to answer any questions and offer assistance.

You can find helpful health insurance information on this website including the basics of health insurance for individuals and families as well as providing information news about health insurance on the website’s blog. There is a health insurance resource guide with a glossary for self-employed and small businesses. There is even a "New to Medicare" resource for those newly eligible to receive benefits.

Pros and Cons of the eHealth Website

    • Easy to shop for and buy a health insurance policy
    • Service after the sale
    • Excellent customer service record
    • Top-rated insurance company partners
    • Some insurance companies may charge a non-refundable application fee for completing a health insurance application.

The eHealth website is comprehensive in explaining the procedure for shopping for insurance and buying a policy. The company is very professional and offers service before, during and after the health insurance application process. The company partners are reputable, and you can rely on their financial stability. The site is recommended for individuals and business owners who need to shop for and purchase a health insurance policy.

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