THE APP PUTS A LOT OF DATA AND TOOLS IN THE CONSUMER’S HAND TO AID IN DECISION MAKING
Jack Hooper got a crash course in buying health insurance when his wife became pregnant with twins.
The former FBI and CIA analytics specialist found it extremely difficult to get clear answers on how much the two bundles of joy would cost him or what kind of health insurance he should even buy.
He was paying bills he should have paid and overpaying.
That frustration led him to start Take Command Health, an app that Hooper calls the Turbo Tax of health insurance. The Dallas-based startup has four employees and has helped more than 800 consumers find insurance plans.
“Because of ObamaCare, more people are having to make individual decisions than ever before.”
“We put ourselves on the consumer’s side and put a lot of data and tools in their hands so they can make a good decision,” Hooper said. “Because of ObamaCare, more people are having to make individual decisions than ever before.”
There’s a universal doctor search that allows people to shop for insurance plans that let them keep their doctor. Take Command does the same thing with prescriptions.
“We can tell you which health plan will provide that prescription at the best cost for you,” Hooper said.
The system looks at 26 different variables to help them find the right plan and tax deductibles. But it’s a simple process that asks one question at a time with millions of analytics going on behind the scenes.
He likened it to how government tax forms can be overwhelming and confusing but a program such as Turbo Tax makes it so anyone can do their taxes.
APP CAN HELP CONSUMERS SAVE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE
It’s also similar to Kayak in that it searches multiple health-care options, including on exchange, off exchange and faith-based plans.
“We want people to be aware of all of their options,” Hooper said. “People are often surprised to find 60 or 70 plans in their area.”
He estimates that 88 percent of consumers could have saved money on health insurance. The average savings amounts to $533 a year.
This all started when he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business, where he was getting a master’s of business administration. When the twins came, that changed everything and he turned his focus to creating Take Command Health. The company was founded in November 2014.
To learn more, visit takecommandhealth.com on your desk top or mobile device.
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