EHealthInsurance, California State Automobile Association Form Strategic Alliance

Exclusive Agreement to Add Health Insurance to List of CSAA Member Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 27, 2000 – eHealthInsurance ( and the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) today announced an alliance to provide CSAA Members with a solution to their health insurance needs. Through this effort, CSAA members will have online access to eHealthInsurance’s wide selection of leading health insurers, products and comprehensive health insurance service offerings.

The exclusive agreement includes individual health, small-group health, and Medicare supplement insurance offerings from among the more than 30 insurers from whom eHealthInsurance holds appointments. Recently, eHealthInsurance secured a similar strategic alliance with InsWeb (Nasdaq: INSW) by which eHealthInsurance became the consumer arm for InsWeb’s health insurance customers.

“Our goal is to provide all CSAA members with the best selection of insurance products and services,” said Don Patton, vice president of Membership & Branding of CSAA. “Based on our shared commitment to outstanding customer service, eHealthInsurance was a natural choice. eHealthInsurance’s exceptional comparison shopping capabilities take the confusion out of purchasing health insurance, which will be a tremendous benefit to our members.” provides AAA members with fast, easy access to benefits such as travel, automotive and insurance. eHealthInsurance will allow CSAA members the ability to research, compare and ultimately purchase health insurance coverage and policies from a number of different providers quickly and easily. In addition, AAA members will receive $35 towards the purchase of their favorite health, beauty, wellness, or personal care products when applying for individual/family health insurance.

“As the online leader in health insurance, our goal is to let individuals and businesses learn that health insurance is both affordable and attainable,” said Gary Lauer, president and chief executive officer of eHealthInsurance. “This alliance enables both companies to reach today’s growing online audience. The results are certain to be a big win for our insurers and, most importantly, for CSAA members in need of affordable health insurance.”


Founded in 1997, eHealthInsurance Services, Inc., ( markets individual, family and small group health insurance and was responsible for the nation’s first Internet-based sale of a health insurance policy. The company has become the number one destination for purchasing health insurance online by offering the broadest selection of health insurance companies and plans at the best available prices, and delivering unparalleled customer service through qualified agents.

eHealthInsurance is funded by Dell Computer, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette (The Sprout Group), and Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners. The management team and board include former or current executives of Healtheon, Pacificare, Foundation Health, Aetna, United Healthcare, IBM, MetaCreations, MetLife and other companies in the field.

About CSAA

Established 100 years ago, the California State Automobile Association is the AAA club serving Northern California, Nevada and Utah. The organization serves nearly 4 million club members with a fully array of automobile, insurance, travel and financial services. The CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau, established in 1914 is the largest underwriter of personal automobile insurance policies in Northern California.

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