Oct 15, 2013 4:16 PM by Dan Shadwell

Local agents can help you navigate Obamacare sign-up

As the roll-out of Obamacare continues, lots of people hoping to get insurance have been going online to check out California's new health exchange.
But the website is still very slow. So, some have begun printing the applications, filling them out by hand, and mailing them in.
San Luis Obispo insurance agent, Michael Framberger, says agents certified by the state to navigate the process are available to help you free of charge--if you can find them.
"I mean, they've got a big section right under 'start here,' " Framberger explains, pointing to the coveredca.com homepage. "It says, 'find help near you,' and that's where you bring up the local agents, then. But you have to do them each in individual zip codes."
If you don't, some agents that have been certified, may not show up, even though they are working in the general area. So, Framberger suggests checking surrounding zip codes as well, if you don't see the agent you're looking for, or don't find a broad selection.
Framberger says more agents are completing the training all the time, and there's no rush.
You have until December 15th, if you want coverage beginning January 1.
We have a link to the exchange on our homepage at ksby.com.



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