Private health insurance distributors may complain about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) rules and exchange system, but they are going through a lot of trouble to do business with the exchange system.
Officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) have made that clear with their latest list of registered Web broker entities (WBEs). WBEs are brokers registered to plug in to the HealthCare.gov enrollment system.
The total number of WBEs has increased to 79 this month, from 72 in November 2015, and up from 34 in December 2014.
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CCIIO, an arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has deleted one broker from the list since November and added eight. Most of the firms coming and going appear to be regional firms.
Many of the big, well-known, national Web-based health insurance brokers have been WBEs for more than a year.