eHealth CEO Scott Flanders Issues Statement Regarding the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Inquiry about Short-term Health Insurance
SANTA CLARA, CA – March 14, 2019 – Today Scott Flanders, the CEO of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) (eHealth.com), issued a comment in response to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s request for information from eHealth and others brokers and insurers on short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) products and marketing practices.
“At eHealth we understand the concerns of Chairman Pallone and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and we welcome this inquiry into any potentially misleading marketing practices among sellers of STLDI products or of issuers denying care that is contractually covered,” said Mr. Flanders.
As a health insurance broker of long standing and with a national presence, eHealth sells health insurance plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as STLDI plans. eHealth has long advocated that all Americans should have access to high quality, comprehensive, and affordable private health insurance options. As such, we have always preferred to enroll our customers into ACA-qualified plans. When a consumer cannot enroll in an ACA plan (for example, due to the close of the open enrollment period) or cannot afford one because they don’t qualify for subsidies, we feel it is nevertheless important to inform them of other options available in the market.
We believe that consumers should be aware of the limitations of STLDI coverage and the benefits of ACA-compliant coverage, and we work hard to make certain that our customers are making informed purchasing choices.
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eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) owns eHealth.com, a leading private online health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from brand-name insurers side by side and purchase and enroll in coverage online and over the phone. eHealth offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by many of the nation's leading health insurance companies. eHealth (through its subsidiaries) is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. eHealth also offers educational resources, exceptional telephonic support, and powerful online and pharmacy-based tools to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate Medicare health insurance options, choose the right plan and enroll in select plans online or over the phone through Medicare.com (www.Medicare.com), eHealthMedicare.com (www.eHealthMedicare.com), GoMedigap (www.goMedigap.com) and PlanPrescriber.com (www.PlanPrescriber.com).