ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Word & Brown General Agency® announced today that over the next six weeks it will be conducting a series of nine seminars throughout California to help position health insurance brokers for success in the changing health insurance marketplace.
“These seminars have been expressly designed in response to all of the regulatory changes that flow from the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” said Jessica Word, executive vice president of Word & Brown General Agency. “It is vitally important that brokers stay up to date with the developments and employer requirements under the new law so they can help guide their clients through open enrollment taking place later this year.”
Each of the seminars will consist of three different classes for which attending brokers will receive four hours of continuing education credit toward their certification as an insurance professional. It is expected that close to 1,000 of California’s leading health insurance brokers will attend these seminars.
At the seminars brokers will receive up-to-the-minute information on the most recent regulatory guidelines including how California law AB 103 impacts the small-group marketplace under the implementation of the ACA and new regulations for determining group size, calculating rates, enrollment procedures and more. Another session will provide an understanding of how to define a “full-time” employee under healthcare reform and how brokers can use this information to help employers determine their group size for insurance purposes.
“We’re conducting these seminars in person – rather than through webinars – to encourage interaction among attendees and the opportunity to dialog with the presenters,” said Word. “The information is too important and stakes are too high to simply provide one-way communication and leave it at that.”
The first of the nine seminars will be held on March 5 in Rancho Cordova. That will be followed by seminars in San Rafael (March 6), Concord (March 7), Fresno (March 19), San Jose (March 20), Orange (March 26), San Diego (March 28), Riverside (April 5) and Glendale (April 9). For further information or to register for one of the seminars, go to www.wbcip.com.
The “Health Reform Update” seminars are part of Word & Brown’s nearly 30-year history of working with brokers to help them grow their businesses. Throughout the year the company provides brokers with ongoing written communication, seminars and webinars to update brokers on current issues and speaks at conferences sponsored by many of California’s leading local and statewide organizations. Word & Brown also supports brokers through innovative sales tools, cutting-edge quoting systems, and a selection of carriers and products that continue to be the industry’s most desired.
The Word & Brown General Agency is a part of the Word & Brown Companies, which provides insurance services through more than 55,000 brokers to hundreds of thousands of individuals and almost 60,000 employers with nearly 6.5 million eligible employees. The organization also offers broker-assisted and direct-to-consumer online sales of individual and family health and Medicare plans and accident, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Included in the Word & Brown Companies are: CHOICE Administrators®, the nation’s leader in developing and administrating employee-choice health benefit programs; CONEXIS, providing benefits solutions to clients nationwide, with expertise in COBRA and HIPAA administrative services, direct bill services, and flexible benefits administration, including flexible spending accounts and Section 132 commuter benefits; Quotit® Corporation, the leading Internet application service provider for the health insurance/employee benefits industry; and HealthCompare, which works with brokers and carriers to help individuals and families easily research, compare, buy and enroll in the right health insurance plan at the right price. For more information, visit www.wordandbrowncompanies.com.