WELLPOINT: To Offer Health Insurance Online
Soon consumers in California will be able to purchase health insurance online, reports the Los Angeles Times. WellPoint Health Networks, one of the nation's largest publicly offered managed care companies, and Pennsylvania-based HealthAxis.com have reached an agreement to distribute WellPoint's Blue Cross and UNICARE policies over the Internet at HealthAxis.com. According to Alan Katz, WellPoint's senior vice president of sales development, "We see Internet-assisted sales as an important part of our future." Six other states -- Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Texas and Virginia -- can expect to have access to online health insurance in the near future (Murphy, 7/20).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.