To help consumers get access to medicare health plan options

eHealth, parent company of eHealthInsurance, an online source of health insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, has announced the launch of a new online service to help consumers learn about, and get access to medicare health plan options.

The senior Americans and other medicare-eligible consumers can access the information about the federal government’s traditional medicare program and private Medicare options.

The website provides information and resources about Original Medicare (Parts A and B), Medicare Supplement (Medigap), Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) and Prescription Drug coverage (Medicare Part D). The service also gives consumers access to leading Medicare insurance companies that can help them find and apply for the medicare health plans. features a Doughnut Hole calculator that helps consumers save money on their prescription drug costs. With the Doughnut Hole Calculator, consumers are able to enter the medications they are currently taking. The calculator tool then estimates the consumers’ total out-of-pocket costs and whether they could fall within the coverage gap, known as the Doughnut Hole, on a Part D plan.

In addition, the calculator provides consumers with a listing of lower-cost alternate medications that they can share with their physician to determine their appropriateness. The Doughnut Hole calculator is a particularly valuable tool for Seniors that have chronic conditions or are taking maintenance medications.