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COBRA Subsidy and Affordable Health Insurance Alternatives: Free Webinar

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/04/09 -- eHealthInsurance (NASDAQ: EHTH), theleading online source for individual and family health insurance, is holding afree webcast on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 to inform consumers on healthinsurance options in the event of a recent layoff or job departure. Withstate-level employment assistance agencies currently overwhelmed withlaid-off workers seeking guidance on everything from job placement tohealth insurance, the webinar will provide valuable educational resourcesfor both consumers and agency staff.


Unemployed consumers; human resource professionals;State-level employment assistance agencies and "one-stop" centers;consumer, workplace, healthcare and personal finance media


Live webcast on Health Insurance Options for the Unemployed. Attendees willlearn about:

-- Six different ways to obtain healthinsurance coverage

-- COBRA insurance and the newfederal COBRA subsidy

-- Public assistance programs for free or low-cost coverage

-- Helpful online resources for researching and buying health insurance

An audience Q&A will follow the presentation.


Live webcast to be held on May 5, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT

To register for the webcast, please visit:


Hosts and panelists include:

Amir Mostafaie, eHealth Consumer Health Insurance Expert. Mostafaie is aphysician by training and is a licensed health insurance agent in 50 statesand Washington D.C.

Wendy Nice Barnes, Vice President of Human Resources at eHealth and anexpert on COBRA and Employee Benefits.


With increased unemployment, more Americans are losing their employer-basedhealth benefits and are facing the health insurance research and buyingprocess on their own. A recent survey(1) commissioned by eHealthInsuranceand conducted by global insights firm Kelton Research has found that iflaid off, many Americans are not prepared for the health insurance costsawaiting them:

-- 65% didn't think they could afford to pay for their own healthinsurance for more than six months if they lost their job

-- One in two (50%) Americans with insurance doubt that if they lost theircurrent coverage, they'd be able to find similar coverage with another plan

-- Just 26% of those surveyed were aware that private health insurance istypically less expensive than COBRA coverage

As unemployment spreads, the high cost of COBRA insurance, even whensubsidized, will continue to drive more individuals and families to seeklower cost health insurance alternatives. This webinar will explore helpfuloptions and tips for making the right decision.

About eHealth, Inc.:

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, thenation's leading online source of health insurance for individuals,families and small businesses. Through the company's website,, consumers can get quotes from leadinghealth insurance carriers, compare plans side by side, and apply for andpurchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance offers thousands of healthplans underwritten by more than 180 of the nation's health insurancecompanies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50states and the District of Columbia. eHealthInsurance and eHealth areregistered trademarks of eHealthInsurance Services, Inc.

For information about individual and family health insurance plans as analternative to COBRA, please contact:

-- A licensed eHealthInsurance agent at 1-800-977-8860

-- Or go online to

For information about public programs please contact:

-- The Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) at 800-234-1317

-- Or go to their web site is


(1) National poll conducted by global insights firm Kelton Research foreHealthInsurance; For a complete summary of survey data and methodology, goto:

For more information, please contact:
Nate Purpura
Director of Public Relations
eHealth, Inc.
(650) 210-3115 (office)

Theresa Maloney
Cogenta Communications for
eHealth, Inc.
(415) 225-5261 (cell)