eHealth, Inc. advertises itself as America's first and largest private online marketplace for health insurance, with the company inception in 1997.
The company's website, which is eHealthInsurance.com , details prices for various health insurance plans and allows consumers to apply for coverage online. The pricing is fixed by law and consumers cannot get lower prices elsewhere.
In 2013 eHealth, along with other "web brokers", signed deals with Healthcare.gov to enroll subsidy-eligible consumers in the newly approved health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
eHealth maintains its license to market and sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with agents licensed in all states and D.C., and offers a wide variety of health plans from over 180 health insurance companies and offers more than 10,000 health insurance products.
eHealth, Inc. was founded in 1997, and its technology was responsible for the nation's first Internet-based sale of a health insurance policy. eHealth, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Competitors include other online health insurance brokers such as HealthSherpa and Stride Health.
eHealth is 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. 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.
In 2014, eHealth acquired the domain Medicare.com 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.
As a result of the transaction, PlanPrescriber became a wholly owned subsidiary of eHealth, Inc.