Anne Petry wasn’t the first broker to sign up for federal health insurance exchange training on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, and she certainly won’t be the last.

Petry, an insurance broker and consultant at Jaggi Insurance in Forsyth, Ill., says she “waited a little bit to let CMS work out any kinks they might have had right away.” The federal training went live on Aug. 1, but Petry didn’t begin the 4-5 hour, online-only training until Sept. 16. When EBA spoke with the independent agent last week she was almost done and characterized it as, “pretty easy, straight-forward, and a little redundant for the agent who has to cover some of the same topics in our continuing education requirements.” She continues: “My only complaint is that the website takes forever.”

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