eHealth Announces Partnership with GradGuard™ to Deliver New Health Insurance Option to College Students

Mountain View, CA – August 17, 2010 eHealth, Inc., parent company of eHealthInsurance, the leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, today announced a partnership with Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC to provide the GradGuard™ Student Health Plan, a new student health insurance option for college students and their families.
The GradGuard Student Health Plan ( gives students and their families a new alternative for mitigating student health risks while also fulfilling many schools’ insurance requirements.   According to Next Generation Insurance Group, GradGuard™ is the first student health insurance plan to include tuition refund insurance (up to $5000.00), and is the only plan of its kind available nationwide to any student attending any accredited college or university. 
GradGuard™ accepts all qualified applicants for coverage regardless of medical history.  A twelve month waiting period for coverage of pre-existing conditions may be waived if the applicant can demonstrate a year of continuous coverage under another health insurance policy.
“Many schools require proof of insurance, yet they only offer one plan,” said Next Generation Insurance President & Co-Founder William Suneson.  “A student who is no longer covered by a parent could be forced to purchase their school’s plan, which may or may not meet his or her needs.  We designed the GradGuard Student Health Plan to give students an alternative choice while trying to balance affordability and coverage.  The plan provides broader accident and sickness benefits than many limited-coverage school sponsored policies.”
“We’re pleased to offer the GradGuard™ Student Health Plan as another quality health insurance choice for today’s students and their parents,” said Bruce Telkamp, Executive Vice President of eHealth.   “It’s an especially valuable option for those who don’t have the option of retaining coverage under a parent’s plan or who may have pre-existing medical conditions that would make it difficult to qualify for other individually-purchased insurance products.”
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,, 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 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 its eCommerce On-Demand solution (eOD),, eHealth is also a leading provider of on-demand e-commerce software services. eHealth's eOD platform provides a suite of hosted solutions that enable health plan providers and resellers to market and distribute products online. eHealth's eCommerce On-Demand solution is currently available to health plan providers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. eHealthInsurance and eHealth are registered trademarks of eHealthInsurance Services, Inc. eHealth, Inc. also provides powerful online and pharmacy-based tools to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options and choose the right plan through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PlanPrescriber ( PlanPrescriber's decision support tools are licensed to and incorporated into the websites and pharmacy counters of a number of major pharmacy chains and retailers. These pharmacy partnerships also drive high quality Medicare traffic to
About GradGuard™:
GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC (NGI). Founded by veteran collegiate, affinity and insurance marketing executives, NGI has established the nation's first comprehensive insurance and benefits solution specifically designed for the collegiate market. aims to offer protection for college life.  Its products include tuition refund insurance, renters insurance and student health insurance.  For more information, visit or call 877-556-3984. The student accident and sickness coverage is written on a blanket policy with College Parents of America and is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, by Fairmont Specialty, a part of Crum & Forster.
Media Contacts:
Contact for GradGuard™:
Hilary Allard
Contact for eHealth:
Nate Purpura