HealthCare.gov sign-ups lag by more than a half-million with less than a week left in open enrollment. Last-minute shoppers and a surge of auto-enrollments should boost the finally tally, but enrollment is likely to fall short last year.
A House panel will question ONC leaders about progress the agency is making on implementing the 21st Century Cures Act.
Almost 1.2 million people signed up for Affordable Care Act exchange coverage during the first two weeks of open enrollment, according to the CMS.
During the first week of open enrollment, Americans signed up for Affordable Care Act exchange coverage at a rate slower than last year.
The CMS said the scheduled downtime, which is the same as last year's, is during periods when HealthCare.gov sees the lowest traffic.
Georgia's health insurers will have to pay commissions to agents and brokers for almost all policies sold. Health plans across the nation have slashed these commissions, and the number of registered HealthCare.gov brokers has plummeted since 2015.
HealthCare.gov sign-ups have a lot of ground to make up before open enrollment ends on Dec. 15.
Prior to the start of open enrollment, many experts feared sign-ups would drop this year because of deep cuts in federal funding for Obamacare marketing and outreach. But so far, enrollment continues to outpace last year.
A day ahead of the Sept. 27 deadline for insurers to finalize 2018 marketplace rates, health plans are no closer to getting answers about continuing the crucial cost-sharing reduction subsidies or enforcing the individual mandate.
The federal government's move to take HealthCare.gov offline for 12 hours nearly every Sunday during open enrollment reduces the chances consumers have to sign up for coverage in an already challenging enrollment period.
The Trump administration took steps last week that could make it easier for consumers to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act, albeit at the potential demise of federal insurance exchanges.
The final open enrollment period for coverage on Healthcare.gov under the Obama administration ended Jan. 31 with 9.2 million people selecting plans on the site.