What You Need to Know
- EHealth is ready to hire hundreds of career agents.
- The web-based health insurance brokers prefers career agents to outside agents.
- The firm plans to double the number of inside agents over last year's hires.
A web-based health insurance broker is preparing to hire hundreds of new career agents to help it sell Medicare plans.
The company, eHealth Inc., said it needs the new agents for the Medicare annual election period for 2022, which is set to start Oct. 15.
EHealth did not say how many new agents it expects to add, but it said it intends to “more than double the number of in-house Medicare agents over last year’s figure.”
The company says in its Form 10-K annual report for 2020 that, on Dec. 31, 2020, it had 1,960 full-time employees. About 1,190 of the full-time employees were in customer care and enrollment. It has been relying on a mix of career and vendor agents.
Executives said last year that it will shift to relying mainly on career agents because they have been much more productive than the outside agents.