Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield Plans Available to Washington State Residents Online at

eHealthInsurance to Provide Online Availability of BCBS Plans to Individuals and Families

Sunnyvale, Calif. – December 20, 2000 – For Release – eHealthInsurance, the leading online provider of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses, today announced that it will offer Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield individual health insurance plans to Washington State residents. The free service, available now at, will enable consumers to quickly and easily get information, compare health plan options from the two companies, and then complete an application online.

The agreements with Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield will give visitors the ability to see over 30 health insurance plan options from both companies online at so they can compare prices and benefits from each plan in order to choose the one that is right for them. One of the key benefits of using is that the whole process can be managed from the convenience of one’s home, seven days a week, at any time of the day or night.

Customers also have access to eHealthInsurance’s Customer Care Center, staffed by licensed health insurance agents, who can answer questions and assist customers throughout the process of getting health insurance via phone, email and live online chat.

“Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield are household names and have a long history of providing consumers with quality healthcare coverage throughout the state of Washington.” said Gary Lauer, CEO of eHealthInsurance. “We are very pleased to be able to offer our online services to those in need of individual health insurance in Washington. The availability of Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield products at will benefit customers by simplifying the process of getting health insurance, while providing them with excellent customer service to enable them to find the right health insurance plans for themselves and their families.”


Founded in 1997, eHealthInsurance ( 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 #1 destination for purchasing health insurance online by offering the broadest selection of health insurance companies and plans nationwide at the best available prices, and delivering unparalleled customer service through qualified agents.

eHealthInsurance is funded by Dell Computer, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, The Sprout Group(formerly Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette), and Lightspeed Venture Partners (formerly 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, Silicon Graphics, MetLife and other leading healthcare and technology companies.

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Emily Fox


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