GoHealth is honored to be a finalist for the 2014 Merrick Momentum Awards! The awards are hosted by 1871, and as part of the awards process, 1871 sat down with each of the finalists for a short interview. Find out what GoHealth’s Clint Jones had to say about the company history, the Chicago entrepreneurial community, and what Chicagoness means to GoHealth.
Tell us about what your company does.
GoHealth is a Chicago-based company that leverages technology to make buying and selling health insurance simple. Founded in 2001, GoHealth has developed three business units serving consumers, health insurance agents and health insurance carriers across the country.
GoHealth powers GoHealthInsurance.com, a private health insurance exchange which has helped more than 30 million people shop for coverage. With world-class technology, a team of licensed insurance advisors and partnerships with more than 300 health insurance carriers, GoHealth enables people to easily compare and purchase the right health insurance plan for their needs. In 2013, GoHealth became the first private company to connect to HealthCare.gov, accelerating enrollments and enabling GoHealth to seamlessly connect people with subsidized health insurance.
GoHealth is also a leading provider of technology and enrollment solutions for health insurance agents and carriers. This includes proprietary CRM software, a full-service member retention product, and an end-to-end enrollment platform that connects to the federal government’s exchange.
How long has your company been around and how did it get its start?
After college, we were both self-employed and had no health insurance. When we tried to get coverage, we realized that the process of shopping for health insurance was incredibly complicated and confusing. We wanted to create a better, easier way to connect people with the right health insurance plan. So in 2001, we founded Norvax, which eventually evolved into our current brand, GoHealth. We worked to fill a giant void that we recognized in the health insurance technology industry. We’ve been in business ever since.
How is your company connected to Chicago’s entrepreneurial community?
We’re passionate about what we contribute to the Chicago entrepreneurial community. We started here, this is where we grew our company, and we want to continue to grow in Chicago. The entrepreneurial community in Chicago shows that you can start with a simple idea and transform that idea into a booming business. Chicago is such a great city filled with so many fantastic new companies, and we’re proud to be one of them. We hope we’ve set – and continue to set – a good example for young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, because we know what it’s like. We were in their shoes once.
What does Chicagoness mean to your company?
Chicagoness is a huge part of GoHealth’s foundation. Our roots are in Chicago; it’s where GoHealth was born. We’re creating an urban campus in the middle of the River North neighborhood, because we believe that’s the place to be in Chicago. The technology community here is thriving and it’s amazing to be at the heart of it. Our company is comprised of hardworking, bright and innovative talent, many of whom we recruited right here in Chicago. The city is incredibly supportive of Chicago-based companies, so we really can’t imagine being located anywhere else.