The HealthCare.gov public health insurance exchange system appears to have a smaller distribution network today than it had just a few months ago.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently posted a list showing that, on May 3, 62 companies were eligible to act as Web broker entities for HealthCare.gov.
The number of Web broker entities listed appears to be the smallest since April 2015, when CMS said HealthCare.gov had 54 Web broker entities.
HealthCare.gov handles Affordable Care Act public exchange enrollment and exchange administration services for states that are unwilling or unable to provide exchange services for their own residents.
A Web broker entity can use its own website, or the site of another agent or broker, to enroll consumers directly in exchange plan coverage.