The overall trends reflect news in recent days: Oregon-based insurer Moda Health said it will stop selling Obamacare plans in Washington state, and it soon will exit the California exchange. And the number of Obamacare co-op insurers selling plans is shrinking even more, as the 10th such co-op announced it will close.
In Texas, the state's biggest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, decided in July not to offer PPOs as Obamacare plans for 2016.
Ryan Smolek, vice president of operations at Web-based insurance broker GoHealth, said, "We're seeing a 12 percent drop in total plans."
He said the data show a 41 percent drop in the number of PPO plans.
And the number of insurers on HealthCare.gov is "definitely going to be down," Smolek said, although he did not provide hard figures on insurers. Smolek said that according to data obtained by GoHealth, the number of plans on HealthCare.gov would shrink from 4,688 in 2015, to 4,125 for 2016.
The number of preferred provider organization plans available on HealthCare.gov is dropping from 1,899 this year, to 1,123 plans, Smolek said.
HMO, or health maintenance organization plans, are increasing from 2,008 this year to 2,181 for 2016, which represents a 9 percent rise, he said.
And extended provider organization plans are increasing by 42 percent, from 271 plans this year to 385 next year, he said. Like HMOs, EPOs tend not to cover services by providers outside of the plan's network, meaning that consumers have to foot the entire bill themselves for such services.