I just learned that the presentation slides for the webinar that was held a week ago Tuesday by the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight are now available online. That webinar included a general overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and focused on the insurance exchanges that are to be created later this year under that Act and the role that CCIIO sees insurance agents and brokers playing with respect to those exchanges. The presentation slides for the webinar contain a lot of information about the portions of Obamacare that will take effect on January 1, 2014 and the role that agents and brokers can play in helping both individuals and small business owners participate in the insurance exchanges that are to be created by that date. Although the audio portion of the webinar was not recorded for unspecified “legal reasons”, the slides seem to be pretty much self-explanatory. (Click here to view the slides.)
As mentioned in a previous blog post about the webinar, the CCIIO has also recently issued a guidance memorandum that specifically addresses the role that agents and brokers can play with respect to the insurance exchanges that are to be created later this year. (Click here for that post which contains a link to the guidance memorandum.) It appears that business opportunities will be available for those agents and brokers willing to take the time to familiarize themselves with those insurance exchanges and how they will operate. The website for the vendor that is assisting CCIIO in its efforts to provide technical assistance regarding the insurance exchange and premium stabilization components of Obamacare contains many resources for those who may be interested in learning more about those subjects and a calendar of upcoming educational events. Click here for an article in the IA Magazine that explains how to gain access to those resources.