A support services company says it can help health insurers plug into whichever Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange programs happen to function during the 2016 open enrollment season.
Softheon Inc., the vendor, is marketing reservations for its “cloud-based” exchange connector platform as a kind of insurance policy against the possibility that financial problems, technical problems or the results of the King vs. Burwell Supreme Court case will shut down the federal HealthCare.gov exchange enrollment system or state-based exchange enrollment systems.
Softheon, which is registered as a HealthCare.gov Web broker entity, says it helped insurers that sold qualified health plans (QHPs) through the state-based, state-run exchanges in Nevada and Oregon in 2014 shift to HealthCare.gov for the open enrollment period in less than 30 days.
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The 2016 open enrollment period is set to start Nov. 1 and last until Jan. 31, 2016.
The connector platform can plug an insurer into either HealthCare.gov or into a state-based exchange system, Softheon says.
The Softheon connector system can handle premium billing services, Edge server services and connections with private exchanges as well as with public exchange enrollment system, the company says.
For 2015, the system processed public exchange plan enrollment and payment transactions for about 1 million people, the company says.