More insurance agencies and brokerage firms are registering to connect directly with the HealthCare.gov data pipes.
Seventy firms now have the approvals they need to hook up to HealthCare.gov as Web broker entities (WBEs), or 27 percent more than were registered as WBEs in April, according to a comparison of a new WBE list with the list posted in April.
See also: CCIIO posts Web broker entity list
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added 16 WBEs to the new list. One dropped off the list due to an acquisition.
The number of organizations on the list increased 37 percent between December 2014 and April 2015.
New names on the list include a number of local and regional insurance agencies, such as Lynnette Warren Insurance of Oologah, Okla., and Polished Sculpture L.L.C., a Kapolei, Hawaii.
Many of the national brokerage firms, large regional brokers and broker support services companies are also on the list, but additions to the list also include Broker Source, Wellthie and Benefitstore, a unit of Benefitfocus.
One of the new WBEs, xTeros, offers a free Web service that helps consumers shop for health coverage based on the plans’ out-of-pocket costs rather than the premiums.
The WBE list includes only WBE registrations for the HealthCare.gov states. States with state-based, state-run exchanges can choose whether or not to work with WBEs. The state-based exchanges that work with WBEs have their own, separate WBE registration processes.
To see the full WBE lists for April 2015 and August 2015, read on.
HealthCare.gov Web Broker Entity list
|ACA Express.com||ACA Express.com|
|Access Health Insurance (OffHealthExchange.com)||Access Health Insurance (JibeHealth.com)|
|Access Medical Health Group||Access Medical Health Group|
|Agility Insurance Services||Acosta Insurance Group|
|AploQuote||Agility Insurance Services|
|Associated Financial Group||AploQuote|
|AXS Health Insurance||Associated Financial Group|
|BenefitNext||AXS Health Insurance|
|Brown Insurance Group||Bayside Quote Health Insurance Agency|
|Careinformatics Insurance Agency||BenefitNext|
|Connected Health||Benefitstore (Benefitfocus)|
|Cross Employee Benefits||Broker Source|
|Custom Benefit Consultants||Brown Insurance Group|
|eBroker||Careinformatics Insurance Agency|
|eHealth Insurance Services||Choice Health Insurance|
|Extend Health||Connected Health|
|First Family Insurance||Cross Employee Benefits|
|Freedom Health||Custom Benefit Consultants|
|GetInsured||Dominick & Zimmer Group|
|Global Self Employed Association||eBroker|
|GoHealth||eHealth Insurance Services|
|Gravie Agency||Extend Health|
|Health Plan One||First Family Insurance|
|HealthCompare Insurance Services||Freedom Health|
|HGS Colibrium||Global Self Employed Association|
|HoneyInsured Insurance Services||GoHealth|
|Ideal Concepts||Gravie Agency|
|Insphere||Health Plan One|
|InsurexHealth (Flexible Benefit Service Corp.)||HealthCompare Insurance Services|
|KSS Insurance Solutions||HGS Colibrium|
|Medplan Health Exchange||HoneyInsured Insurance Services|
|Messer Financial||Ideal Concepts|
|Modglin & Associates||Insphere|
|Mutual Med Insurance Services||InsurexHealth (Flexible Benefit Service Corp.)|
|Nrinsurance||Kersey, Sealey, Clark & Associates|
|Quadrant 4 System Corp||KSS Insurance Solutions|
|Quotit Corp.||Leadco-Insureco Marketing|
|RX Health Insurance Agency (Connecture)||LinkedAgency|
|SASID||Lynnette Warren Insurance|
|Savoy Associates||Medplan Health Exchange|
|Stride Health||Mintco Financial|
|T.I.C. (The Insurance Center)||Modglin & Associates|
|TFA Benefits||Mutual Med Insurance Services|
|The Insurance Center For Excellence||My1HR|
|Tourism Telecommunications Bureau||Navinsure|
|Ubenefit (Benefit Resource)||Polished Sculpture|
|User Health Systems (PlanMatcher)||Quadrant 4 System Corp|
|WebInsure Benefits (hCentive)||Quotit Corp.|
|Western Heritage Insurance Marketing Group||Rabbittapp|
|RX Health Insurance Agency (Connecture)|
|T.I.C. (The Insurance Center)|
|Tourism Telecommunications Bureau|
|Ubenefit (Benefit Resource)|
|User Health Systems (PlanMatcher)|
|WebInsure Benefits (hCentive)|
|Western Heritage Insurance Marketing Group|