Managers of the HealthCare.gov exchange system continue to face lawsuits, attacks in Congress and complaints about administration, but they also seem to be expanding their distribution network.
Officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) have shed a little light on the size of HealthCare.gov exchanges’ distribution muscle by updating their list of registered Web broker entities, or brokers that have qualified to connect directly with HealthCare.gov systems.
The number of registered HealthCare.gov Web brokers increased to 54 as of April 27, from 34 on Dec. 8, 2014, according to a comparison of the latest Web broker list and an earlier version of the list published in December.
In some cases, interpreting the list can be tricky, because organizations may be using subsidiaries or other types of affiliates to connect with the exchange system.
The HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, for example, connected under that name in December but was connecting to the exchange system under the Insphere name in April.