SOURCE: eHealth, Inc.

eHealth, Inc.

June 16, 2009 08:00 ET

End of COBRA Subsidy Special Enrollment Period: eHealthInsurance Provides COBRA Alternatives Video

Online Videos Outline Health Insurance Alternatives for the Unemployed

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - The special enrollment period for anyone eligible for the COBRA subsidy that lost their job after September 1, 2008 and before March 17, 2009 will end on June 17, 2009. This deadline only applies to qualified former employees that were made aware of the subsidy on the Federal Government's final deadline date of April 17, 2009.

eHealthInsurance ( has posted a new video series on its YouTube page, which outlines six health insurance options for the uninsured.

The seven videos cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to 6 Health Insurance Options for the Unemployed

2. Option 1 -- Your Spouse or Partner's Plan

3. Options 2 and 3 -- COBRA and the COBRA Subsidy

4. Option 4 -- Individual and Family Health Insurance Plans

5. Option 5 -- Short Term Health Insurance

6. Option 6 -- Public Health Insurance Programs

7. Series Conclusion -- Where to go for help

Beginning in March, the federal stimulus package(1) provided employers with one month to reach out to former employees that had rejected COBRA insurance (prior to the passing of the subsidy). Those employees were given two months to re-enroll in COBRA with subsidized coverage. The COBRA subsidy covers 65 percent of a qualified ex-employee's COBRA insurance premiums for up to nine months.

As the leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses, eHealthInsurance ( has designed a COBRA Learning Center ( The learning center provides detailed information about COBRA, the COBRA subsidy, and alternatives to COBRA for individuals that may not qualify for COBRA, or that cannot afford COBRA, even at the subsidized rate.

Individuals and employers with questions about the COBRA subsidy or who are interested in eHealth's COBRA Alternatives Program can email requests for information to

Free resources are available in the COBRA Learning Center at They include:

-- eHealthInsurance's video series on 6 health insurance options for the uninsured

-- An updated list of Frequently Asked Questions about COBRA and the subsidy

-- COBRA Eligibility Guidelines

-- A COBRA Subsidy Calculator

-- New Research on COBRA awareness, unemployment and health insurance

-- eHealthInsurance's a simple list of 6 health insurance options for the uninsured


(1) Refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

About eHealth, Inc.:

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 health insurance companies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. eHealthInsurance and eHealth are registered trademarks of eHealthInsurance Services, Inc.

For information about individual and family health insurance plans as an alternative 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

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