Web broker eHealth Inc. is one step closer to selling “qualified health plans” through the new public health insurance exchanges.
The company, the parent of the eHealthInsurance.com Web-based health insurance supermarket, recently signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that calls for eHealth to get access to a new CMS “data hub.”
CMS is creating the hub to help exchanges determine whether applicants are eligible for government health programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid, or whether the applicants are eligible for the new PPACA health insurance tax credit subsidies.
Per the agreement, eHealth has pledged to meet the standards CMS is setting for the companies that will help people enroll in the federally facilitated exchanges to be run by CMS.
The company has to have producer licenses in every state in which it sells federal exchange plans.