Web broker eHealth Inc. is one step closer to selling "qualified health plans" through the new public health insurance exchanges.

The company, the parent of the eHealthInsurance.com Web-based health insurance supermarket, recently signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that calls for eHealth to get access to a new CMS "data hub."

CMS is creating the hub to help exchanges determine whether applicants are eligible for government health programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid, or whether the applicants are eligible for the new PPACA health insurance tax credit subsidies.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.