Today eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH) ( eHealth.com), the nation's first and largest private online health insurance exchange, marks the beginning of the Affordable Care Act's nationwide open enrollment period for 2017 with a broad selection of plans, insightful customer resources, and a new drug coverage comparison tool that can help shoppers save money on their prescription drug needs. The 2017 nationwide open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") begins on November 1, 2016 and is scheduled to continue through January 31, 2017. eHealth launches new drug coverage comparison tool At a time when many health insurance consumers are facing increased premiums for 2017, eHealth's new prescription drug coverage comparison tool can help many find potential savings on their prescription drug needs. "The 2017 open enrollment period is here, and eHealth is ready with a powerful new tool that can help a lot of shoppers save a lot of money on their prescription drugs," said eHealth CEO Scott Flanders. "When comparing 2017 health insurance plans at eHealth, just enter your prescription drug regimen into the tool to see an estimate of how much you can save based on the different levels of coverage offered by insurance plans in your area. In a recent study, more than 70% of our prescription drug coverage comparison tool users were able to find $500 or more in estimated annual savings. 1" eHealth's new prescription drug coverage comparison tool is available in every state where eHealth offers 2017 major medical health insurance plans. It is found on the plan comparison page after shoppers enter their zip code and date of birth to preview plans available in their area 2. eHealth offers a broad selection of 2017 Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans For the ACA's 2017 open enrollment period, eHealth has planned to offer access to more individual and family health insurance plans than any other private online marketplace. Unavailable on government-run exchanges, these non-subsidy major medical health insurance plans meet ACA requirements and can protect consumers from 2017 ACA tax penalties if they maintain their enrollment through 2017 without a gap of more than two consecutive months.