(June 13, 2013) – More than 1,200 insurance agents have signed up for the Cover Oregon agent training program. In-person training is set to start in July, with pilot sessions starting this week in Lake Oswego. Agents can registerhere for a prerequisite online training and then sign up for one of more than 50 in-person trainings across the state.
The training program will certify thousands of agents over the coming months to help Oregonians access health coverage through Cover Oregon, a new online marketplace launching this October where Oregonians will be able to compare and enroll in health and dental coverage.
“Agents are one of Cover Oregon’s most important partners in making sure Oregonians can access health coverage that fits their needs and budget. We can’t do this without them,” said Howard “Rocky” King, executive director for Cover Oregon. “It’s a win-win. Agents will be able to grow their businesses by offering customers more choice in plans and access to financial help.”
Insurance agents who certify with Cover Oregon will be able to sell and receive commission for all plans that are offered through Cover Oregon. It is anticipated that more in-person trainings will be scheduled due to high demand.
Through Cover Oregon, more Oregonians will be able to access health coverage, even if they already have a health condition, and they can apply for financial help. Small businesses will have a broad choice of plans to choose from and may qualify for a tax credit.
The agent training will include a comprehensive, full-day session covering the technical information agents need to assist individuals and small businesses with the application for eligibility and with sorting and filtering plan choices for enrollment.
There is a $25 registration fee and agents will receive eight hours of continuing education (CE) credits. They must be a licensed producer to attend.
Agents who are interested in attending the in-person training can participate in the online training prerequisite:www.coveroregon.com/agent_training.php. For more details about the agent program, visit www.coveroregon.com/partners_agents.php or email [email protected].