posted by AHIP
on August 1, 2018
August is more than cookouts and beach days. For health insurance agents and brokers, it’s the time to prepare for Open Enrollment. It starts Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.
To help people in your community make the right health coverage decisions, insurance professionals participate in government-required training programs. Through these online courses, agents and brokers refresh their knowledge of the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM), learn about any recent changes in federal and state laws, and more.
The courses are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Some agents and brokers get their required FFM training through a professional organization such as AHIP, which administers courses with information that goes beyond what the government requires, so they’re even better prepared to advise their clients.
To purchase health insurance online through the Marketplace, you don’t need to work with an agent or broker. However, here’s why some consumers choose to consult a local expert during Open Enrollment:
And remember, no matter where you go for information and advice, make sure you know your options, know what to expect, and enroll early in a 2019 plan.