On October 22, 2019, the HealthSherpa website published rate information for health plans that will be sold during the upcoming open enrollment period, which allows consumers to review the premiums that they can expect to pay for health insurance in the coming year. This occurred on the same day that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made the underlying dataset available to the public.
The HealthSherpa website closely resembles the Healthcare.gov website, which assists consumers enroll in a health plan. However, this is the first time that a private organization has made premium information available ahead of the government’s platform. This suggests that the Trump Administration is deprioritizing the Healthcare.gov platform in favor of private businesses. In previous years, CMS has made rate information available through Healthcare.gov at the same time that it makes the underlying dataset available. A CMS official claimed that the rate data will be available on Healthcare.gov one week before the Nov. 1 beginning of open enrollment, but didn’t provide a specific date.