The Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization supporting entrepreneurship and startups (and a Yahoo Small Business Partner) has launched a website offering a healthcare solution for entrepreneurs, the self-employed and any individual or very small business.
"As our nation becomes more entrepreneurial, and more Americans launch startups, start small businesses, and join the booming gig economy, YEC wants to be there to support business owners and newly job-unlocked individuals by providing them with access to quality, affordable health care insurance options throughout the United States," said Scott Gerber, founder of Young Entrepreneur Council.
Yahoo Small Business spoke to Scott Gerber briefly about the new program.
Gerber said that they actually started the project to create this new program over 15 months ago. They began by talking to entrepreneurs about what is important to them in a health plan and rapidly realized that the biggest problem for entrepreneurs was the time to find and choose a solution. So the YEC took on part of that and decided to select a provider that could offer the best solution for individuals and entrepreneurs while remaining flexible enough to offer several types of coverage since it turned out that entrepreneurs also wanted a range of different plans depending on individual situations.
The result is startupinsurance.com, created in partnership with insurance provider Assurant Health. The site offers plans that cover 95% of people living in the US and will extend to cover the rest shortly. The offerings are focused on individuals and very small businesses rather than medium or larger organizations.
This offering is an alternative to state-sponsored affordable care plans and meets the criteria to match affordable care requirements. Gerber said, “the reality is that there are a lot of people scared about the shifting landscape and we wanted to make sure for the people we care about that they are given a very high quality option they can trust.”
In the coming weeks, StartupInsurance's health insurance options will also be made available to the business customers and members of various organizations and corporations, including FedEx, Grasshopper, Wave Apps, LegalZoom, Moo, Startup Weekend, Dwolla, Crowdspring, 99designs and others.
Self-employed individuals and business owners interested in StartupInsurance can get quick quotes and apply online at www.StartupInsurance.com or call (888) 707-1484. Organizations interested in connecting their customers and members with StartupInsurance options can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. StartupInsurance videos, embed codes and collateral at http://startupinsurance.com/materials.php