The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants “to bring 60,000 more” agents and brokers on for consumer assistance with the Affordable Care Act’s federally run exchanges, according to documents. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), on Monday posted “war room notes” from CMS meetings that included a line item dated Oct. 11: “Next week we will [be] attempting to stoke the furnace of agent brokers and get more of them in.” The note also included that this strategy is “contingent” on broker identity and password software functioning.

“CMS contacted NAIFA to share ideas about getting more agents involved with enrolling consumers,” says Diane Boyle, vice president of federal government relations for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. “Among other things, CMS has scheduled additional dates for their Agent Broker Training and Registration webinars on November 8, 15 and 22. NAIFA is sharing this information with our members and encouraging those who would benefit from it and have not taken it to sign up.”

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