Writing in Modern Healthcare, Jonathan Block pins: Reform Update: H&R Block, online insurance broker team up to sell health plans
The GoHealth platform will be available through H&R Block both online and over the phone nationwide beginning Oct. 1, said Michael Mahoney, senior vice president of consumer marketing for Chicago-based GoHealth.
Here’s where it gets interesting:
In a separate development, H&R Block on Wednesday said as part of a pilot program, it would have health insurance agents in its tax offices in Arizona to assist with choosing and enrolling in a plan.
Is this really all about the physical footprint of H&R Block’s stores?
It’s not news that funding communication around the rollout of PPACA and health exchanges as been challenge for CMS. What is a problem for the government could be an opportunity for private industry like H&R Block.
In the age of Quicken and TurboTax, its hard to imagine that H&R Block gets as much bang for the buck out of their many physical locations as they once did. By offering in-person health insurance exchange enrollment, they might have found a niche to pull people back in.
What’s next, FedEx and UPS to follow? Maybe Apple could leverage their Genius bar for insurance advice… or, maybe not.