2023 ACA Exchange & FFM Certification Info

Selling under-65 health insurance? Affordable Care Act exchanges are preparing for the 2023 Open Enrollment Period and plan year, and you can too!

Here’s what you can expect for Federally Facilitated Marketplace certification and state exchange trainings.

Marketplace Training Deadlines for 2022

Many ACA exchanges have already closed their new agent registrations and trainings for 2022 or will be closing them in the near future. The 2022 FFM certification closed to new agents on July 15.

Agents certified for 2022 will need to certify for 2023 to sell plans during the OEP and next year.

2023 FFM Certification & Exchange Registrations

Want to sell the newest plans coming onto the market? The 2023 FFM certification is now available through the CMS Enterprise Portal Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS). HealthSherpa agents can also access HealthSherpa training via the CMS Enterprise Portal.

Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Certification is only required for agents servicing/selling to ACA clients in a federal exchange state. If you only sell ACA insurance in a state-based exchange, you’ll need to copmplete 2023 state-specific training. Some state exchanges plan to open agent registrations and trainings as early as mid-August. Check out the table below to see which exchanges are live now!

Regardless of which platform you use to complete your 2023 training, you must update your Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) profile on the CMS Enterprise Portal in addition to completing the 2023 training course to be considered ready-to-sell.

Below are important dates for the ACA exchanges that Ritter is active in. You can learn more about what each exchange requires by creating a free account with Ritter and then visiting our Certification Center.

ExchangeImportant Dates
Federal- 2022 FFM training closed to new agents on July 15, 2022
- 2023 FFM training is now available through the CMS Enterprise Portal and HealthSherpa
- Recertification training must be completed by October 24, 2022
- 2023 certification will allow agents to sell for the remainder of 2022
MD- New agent registration for 2022 closed on June 24, 2022
- 2023 agent registration opened on August 22, 2022
- Recertfication training must be completed by October 21, 2022
- 2023 certification will allow agents to sell for the remainder of 2022
PA- 2022 training has closed
- 2023 training is now live
- Recertification training must be completed by October 31, 2022
- 2023 certification will allow agents to sell for the remainder of 2022
NJ- 2022 training closed July 31, 2022
- 2023 training is now live
- Recertification training must be completed by October 25, 2022
- 2023 certification will allow agents to sell for the remainder of 2022

HealthSherpa is providing continuing education units for agents in the following states: AK, DE, ID, IL, KS, MD, ME, MO, ND, NH, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WA.

Keep in mind: Returning agents are eligible to take a condensed training. Agents who are new to the ACA market, did not certify last year, or who missed a recertification deadline, must complete the full Individual Marketplace training.

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We’ll keep updating this post and our Certification Center as soon as we receive more details. Don’t forget to check back for updates!

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2022. It has been updated to include information more relevant to the 2023 Open Enrollment Period.

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