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Insurance Commissioner Approves Covered California Certification Process for Agents

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved the insurance business entity license for Covered California, clearing the way for insurance agents to sell Covered California products. The commissioner also approved Covered California’s training curriculum and materials for certifying licensed agents to sell Covered California products.

The license approval means more than 12,000 insurance agents who have expressed interest in working with Covered California can begin the annual training and certification process necessary to sell health insurance products offered by Covered California. After certification, licensed insurance agents can assist consumers enrolling in Covered California’s individual market and small-group employer markets beginning Oct. 1, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Covered California Certified Insurance Agents selling in the exchange’s individual market are required to be appointed by health insurance companies. All Certified Insurance Agents will be eligible to sell in Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

“Insurance agents, with their knowledge, experience and deep roots in communities across the state, will play a critical role in the success of Covered California’s enrollment goals,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “We appreciate the commissioner’s leadership in paving the way for agents to educate and help consumers sign up for insurance in the state exchange.”

For more information, see the attached Covered California press release.