Online health insurance broker eHealth Inc. won permission from the U.S. government to sign up customers for subsidized plans offered under the federal health care law. The shares gained the most in seven years.

EHealth said it will be able to tap into a government computer system that will allow the company to determine whether people shopping for plans at its website are eligible for tax subsidies for their health insurance. The information will allow eHealth to offer customers subsidized plans available in their state.

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