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Freedom Benefits was started in 1995 by Philadelphia-based accountant Tony Novak who operates an online practice under the brand name "OnlineAdviser". Freedom Benefits was intended as a service to help his small business and self employed clients find affordable health insurance using new online insurance exchange and enrollment platforms under the web site named MedSave.com. Eventually the service grew to be one of the nation's top four largest online health insurance exchanges doing business in all states and the District of Columbia. We were recognized by Time Insurance (now Assurant) as a leading national producer of short term medical insurance, by Celtic Insurance and as the #1 national producer for Fortis non-insurance discount medical plans in 2003. MedSave was sold to a public company in 2008.
Freedom Benefits re-launched insurance enrollment services in 2010 after expiration of a non-compete agreement. In 2012, during implementation of key individual health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Freedom Benefits partnered with other larger firms offering national enrollment technologies and individual health insurance enrollment support.
Parallel web sites FreedomBenefits.org provided help for small employee business benefit plans and FreedomBenefits.co provided employee education about employee benefits. Over the next two decades we eventually served hundreds of thousands of users in every state of the U.S. and even international travelers.
After passage of The Affordable Care Act in 2010, Freedom Benefits focused on providing independent consumer health insurance advice called OnlineNavigator outside of the realm of the government-controlled health insurance exchanges and navigator networks.
Today the health insurance enrollment work is handled by the professional staff at Members Insurance Exchange and other similar services. Now Novak focuses on providing advice about health insurance and health reform on topics that are not adequately covered by other service providers. Tony Novak is occasionally cited in national media as an advocate of consumer choice in health care and insurance. He personally responds to public email, telephone (as time allows) or online inquiries without regard to client relationship. Our Freedom Benefits web site stands as one of the few national resources focused on providing a full range of options and support services for individuals who are not fully served by the reform provisions of Obamacare.
We regret that we do not provide help with Medicare and Medicaid issues or to individuals eligible for these programs. There is just so much information in today's health insurance field that we must limit our area of practice in order to keep up-to-date with the information most relevant to our existing customers.
Tony Novak is an actively licensed as a life/accident/health insurance producer in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Novak also holds other professional and occupational licenses and certifications in other professionals related to professional advice related to tax, financial and compensation planning. See http://tonynovak.com/biography.htm for more information.
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Novak is no longer an appointed producer for any insurance company that offers qualified health insurance plans under the provision of the law. Novak has completed training sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for health insurance enrollment assistors.
The listing below is current as of 12/5/2015. Data is provided by ProducerEDGE a service of Sircon, a Vertafore company. (Licensing can be verified on each state's insurance department web site by following the links from the home page to the state page to the Department of Insurance listed on the right side column).
State - License Type - License Number - Expiration Date - Status
Alabama Producer 153898 07-31-2016 Active
Alaska Producer 33938 07-03-2016 Active
Arizona Insurance Professional 82781 07-31-2015 Active
Arkansas Producer 2048780 07-03-2016 Active
California Insurance Producer 0C74250 10-31-2017 Active
Colorado Producer 97864 07-31-2016 Active
Connecticut Producer 001038221 07-03-2015 Active
Delaware Producer 0117966 02-28-2017 Active
District of Columbia Producer 1005827 07-31-2015 Active
Florida Agent D016619 Active
Georgia Agent-nonresident 564289 07-31-2016 Active
Hawaii Producer 317362 07-16-2017 Active
Idaho Non Resident Producer 72817 07-31-2016 Active
Illinois Producer 2048780 07-31-2015 Active
Indiana Producer - Individual 305557N 07-31-2016 Active
Iowa Producer 2048780 07-31-2015 Active
Kansas Agent 2048780 07-03-2016 Active
Kentucky Agent DOI-500974 07-31-2016 Active
Louisiana Producer 256522 Active
Maine Producer (Nonresident) PRN64984 Active
Maryland Producer 131115 07-31-2016 Active
Massachusetts Individual Producer 1783605 07-03-2017 Active
Michigan Non Resident Producer 2048780 Active
Minnesota Producer 20193044 07-31-2015 Active
Mississippi Insurance Producer 9910359 07-31-2015 Active
Missouri Producer 271499 09-08-2015 Active
Montana Producer 44975 07-31-2016 Active
Nebraska Producer 2048780 07-31-2016 Active
Nevada Non Res Producer/producer Firm 141952 10-01-2019 Active
New Hampshire Producer 0365384 07-31-2016 Active
New Jersey Producer - Individual 9359905 07-31-2015 Active
New Mexico Agent 10376 Active
New York Life/accident & Health LA-993688 07-03-2016 Active
North Carolina Producer 2048780 03-31-2016 Active
North Dakota Producer 2048780 07-31-2016 Active
Ohio Major Lines 542662 07-31-2016 Active
Oklahoma Producer 22706 07-31-2015 Active
Oregon Producer 2048780 07-31-2015 Active
Pennsylvania (Resident State) Resident Producer Individual 353821 07-31-2015 Active
Rhode Island Insurance Producer 1058325 07-31-2016 Active
South Carolina Producer 118296 Active
South Dakota Non-resident Producer 3013475 07-31-2015 Active
Tennessee Producer 816877 07-31-2015 Active
Texas General Lines Agency/agent 917732 09-10-2015 Active
Utah Non Resident Producer 119983 07-31-2016 Active
Vermont Non Res Producer Individual 309436 03-31-2017 Active
Virginia Producer 542971 Active
Washington Producer 157124 07-03-2017 Active
West Virginia Producer 2048780 07-31-2015 Active
Wisconsin Non-res Inter Individual 2379384 07-31-2015 Active
Wyoming Non Resident Producer 39830 07-31-2015 Active
This web site is independently owned and managed by Tony Novak operating under the trademarks "Freedom Benefits", "OnlineAdviser" and "OnlineNavigator". Opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the author and do not represent the opinion of any other person, company or entity mentioned. Tony Novak is not an agent, broker, producer or navigator for any federal or state health insurance exchange but may provide uncompensated advice, reviews and referrals to these resources. Novak is compensated as an accountant, adviser, affiliate consultant, marketer, reviewer, endorser, producer, lead generator or referrer to some of the other commercial companies listed on this site. Information is from sources believed to be reliable but cannot be guaranteed. Any tax advice in this communication including attachments and linked resources cannot be used by the taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer.