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ACA changes are aiding online health brokers

Andrew Harnik / AP

Two new federal policies will tinker with Affordable Care Act enrollment and make online insurance brokers a lot happier. During the next open-enrollment period, individual ACA shoppers and those who work in small businesses will be able to sign up for health coverage directly from web brokers like eHealth instead of getting redirected to HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: The changes make it clear that if the Trump administration has to carry out the law, it will put more control into the hands of the private sector. More people could ultimately sign up for ACA plans if they don't have to bounce around different websites, but there are concerns that web brokers might direct people toward health plans that aren't the best fit.