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Broker helping with insurance signups scales back

By Associated Press 9:41 AM June 14, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) –

A broker established with plans of helping tens of thousands of Alaskans sign up for private health insurance is scaling back.

Enroll Alaska set a target of signing up 40,000 people during the Oct 1-March 31 open enrollment. But they wound up signing up 2,400.

Joshua Weinstein is a consultant with Northrim Benefits Group who helped launch Enroll Alaska.

He tells APRN (http://bit.ly/1kwKMcs ) the figure was due partly to the rocky rollout of the online insurance marketplace. But he says there remains opposition to the federal health care law and confusion about how the subsidies many Alaskans qualify for work. He also says insurance companies weren’t smoothly processing applications.

While Enroll Alaska is smaller in size, Weinstein expects to hire new agents for the open enrollment period beginning in November.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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