Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges Providing New Career Opportunity at IPA Direct

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Need for Health Insurance Advisors Growing as Consumers Go Online to Enroll in Exchanges or Shop for Alternative Insurance Solutions

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“Rushing into a major medical plan right before one of the open enrollment deadlines can result in consumers ending up with the wrong coverage for their health care or their financial situation. Our advisors can help guide them through that process."

After launching nearly three months ago, the nation’s new health insurance marketplace is still raising questions about how state and federal exchanges will impact coverage in the United States. Millions of Americans anticipated buying health insurance during Obamacare’s 2014 open-enrollment period; however, the unavailability of the federal website has left many individuals frustrated. Other Americans are hesitant to purchase plans they do not understand, cannot afford, or simply do not want.

In the midst of uncertainty, one conclusive aspect of the new insurance marketplace is added jobs. The changing landscape of health insurance in the United States has created an evolving career opportunity as the role of traditional health insurance agent shifts into a certified advisor role.

With millions of Americans trying to understand the differences in health insurance plans, the need for insurance advisors is soaring. Insurance Professional Advisors Direct, Inc. (IPA Direct) recognized the need for advisors early on and is keeping up with the brisk pace of the market.

"When we founded IPA Direct, our goal was to lead the charge to help individuals and families get the best health insurance products that fit their lifestyle and budget. We anticipated great interest in our services, but our current advisors are beyond busy, so we’re excited to add more staff and continue to grow,” said Mark Hunt, President of IPA Direct, in an interview on Tuesday, December 23, 2013, the day of the first open enrollment deadline.

“Rushing into a major medical plan right before one of the open enrollment deadlines can result in consumers ending up with the wrong coverage for their health care or their financial situation. Our advisors can help guide them through that process of selecting the right plan or providing them temporary health insurance plans to buy time while they weigh their options,” said Hunt.

The first enrollment deadline for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 was December 23. Individuals and families who do not obtain minimum essential coverage by March 31 could face a tax penalty.

“I think we have a great story and a great career opportunity. We understand that people are going to be confused and frustrated with the process of shopping for health insurance. Our advisors can provide a sense of comfort in a professional, knowledgeable manner. We just need more people who want to provide a service and help others find the best insurance options available,” said Hunt.

For more information about career opportunities with IPA Direct, call 888-592-7394 or email hr(at)ipa-direct(dot)com.

About IPA Direct
IPA Direct, Inc., a member of The IHC Group, is a nationwide team of licensed health insurance advisors that are committed to helping families, individuals and small groups obtain health insurance coverage. Located in Lake Mary, Florida, IPA Direct connects with customers shopping for health insurance solutions with state-of-the-art online technology.

About The IHC Group
The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. Members of The IHC Group include Independence Holding Company, American Independence Corp., Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company. Each insurance carrier in The IHC Group has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) Collectively, the companies in The IHC Group provide insurance coverage to more than one million individuals and groups. For more information about The IHC Group, visit http://www.ihcgroup.com.

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