With the October 1 opening of the exchanges and marketplaces across the country, individual consumers and employers are trying to navigate and learn how to operate the new websites and call centers. Many are finding that they have access to the same type of information all along through health insurance agents.
The new marketplaces offer the advantage of shopping for rates and benefits available in the consumer’s area. For decades, professional insurance agents have provided this same function along with additional personalized services. Many members of the Arizona Association of Health Underwriters (AAHU), who are also licensed health insurance agents, have special education and training to represent the exchange products as well as private health insurance market plans.
“Our members receive unique training and the most up-to-date information about healthcare reform,” said aAHU president Ray Magnuson. “Professional health insurance agents have the information consumers need to make the best decisions about health insurance for their families and businesses. We want to help make enrolling in a healthcare plan as simple and rewarding as possible.” American individuals, families and businesses can benefit from utilizing a professional insurance agent to shop both the new exchanges and the private market with no additional increase to their rates.