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New Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Dates: PlanPrescriber Launches Countdown Widget

MAYNARD, MA -- Today PlanPrescriber (www.planprescriber.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH), published a Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Countdown Widget, which counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the beginning of 2011 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) on October 15, 2011.
 
In the past, Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans began on November 15 and ended on December 31. Many Medicare beneficiaries may be unaware of the new dates for 2011 (October 15 through December 7), which makes this widget particularly important.
 
An increasing number of Baby Boomers are now enrolling in Medicare for the first time. As they begin to understand the different types of Medicare coverage available, and the specific Medicare enrollment periods that correspond to each coverage type, these dates become even more important.
 
This free widget is a simple, useful application that can be embedded on a webpage, blog, social media page, or any other web site that allows for the use of JavaScript or Flash. The countdown widget also provides answers to four basic questions about Medicare: How does Medicare work? What is Medicare Advantage? What is Medicare Part D? And, what is a Medicare Supplement plan?
 
The widget is available in the following locations:
 
Anyone struggling to select the right Medicare plan should take advantage of free help by contacting a licensed PlanPrescriber agent at 800-404-6968 or by contacting Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE (1 800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. You can also contact the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call, 1-800-325-0778.
 
Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.
 
About PlanPrescriber.com
PlanPrescriber (www.planprescriber.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of eHealth, Inc., is a leading provider of comparison tools and educational materials for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, and Medicare Supplement insurance products. Medicare beneficiaries can take advantage of PlanPrescriber's no cost online advisor tools by logging on to www.PlanPrescriber.com. PlanPrescriber is a tool designed to help Medicare recipients find a Medicare plan that covers their specific medical and prescription drug needs at the lowest possible out-of-pocket cost.
 
About eHealth 
eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, the nation's leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. Through the company's website,www.eHealthInsurance.com, consumers can get quotes from leading health insurance carriers, compare plans side by side, and apply for and purchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by more than 180 of the nation's leading health insurance companies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it the ideal model of a successful, high-functioning health insurance exchange. Through eHealth's technology solutions (www.eHealthTechnology.com), is also a leading provider of health insurance exchange technology. eHealth provides a suite of hosted e-commerce solutions that enable health plan providers, resellers and government entities to market and distribute products online. eHealth, Inc. also provides online tools to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options through PlanPrescriber.com (www.planprescriber.com) and eHealthMedicare (www.eHealthMedicare.com).
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