MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — (Marketwire) — 08/16/13 — eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH), the nation’s leading private online health insurance exchange for individual and family health insurance, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that relates to its ability to enroll individuals into qualified health plans (QHPs) through the Federally-Facilitated Health Insurance Exchange (“FFE”).
In July, eHealth signed an agreement with CMS that would allow it to access certain information from the federal data hub. This access is necessary for eHealth to act as a web-broker entity (WBE) and use its website to enroll individuals eligible for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act subsidies in QHPs through the FFE.
The new agreement signed by eHealth must be signed by any agent or broker that wishes to enroll individuals in QHPs through the FFE. Under the agreement, eHealth pledges to meet registration, training and licensing requirements established by the FFE. The agreement also requires eHealth to comply with privacy and security standards and applicable laws and regulations. eHealth will also need to integrate with the FFE and implement a QHP shopping experience on its internet platform before it can enroll people in QHPs as a WBE.