Planned service cutbacks at HealthCare.gov could give private web brokers, including Health Sherpa L.L.C., a shot at increasing their share of whatever public health insurance exchange market continues to exist.
Health Sherpa runs HealthSherpa.com, a website that can help consumers sign up for public exchange plans, and that also helps retail insurance agents get their clients into public exchange plans.
The company is drawing attention to the fact that it can help people sign up for coverage even when HealthCare.gov is offline for maintenance.
Web brokers have worked hard to build a strong relationship with the Trump administration’s HealthCare.gov managers.
George Kalogeropoulos, HealthSherpa’s chief executive officer, says in a statement that the company wants to work in partnership with the agency that runs HealthCare.gov to help people get high-quality, affordable care.
“That includes continuing to facilitate enrollment during scheduled and unscheduled downtime over the course of open enrollment,” Kalogeropoulos, says.
“HealthSherpa is open on Sunday mornings – even when HealthCare.gov is online,” the company says in an email sent to reporters around the country.
Open Enrollment Period 2018
The open enrollment period for 2018 individual major medical coverage, or time when consumers can buy coverage without showing they have a special reason to be shopping for coverage, starts Nov. 1.