Editor:

In the article published on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 titled 'NM Health Insurance Exchange set to launch' Information was included directing the public, employers, individuals and families to the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange aka NMHIX to enroll for coverage through the Exchange.

I feel that it is extremely important to notify the public that there are experienced trained professionals already in communities who are also becoming certified both on the Federal and State Exchanges to assist employer, employees and individuals with enrollment both on and off the Exchanges. Here in San Juan County they are your local Independent Insurance Agents. These Licensed Insurance Agents are required to have many more hours of annual training/certification than the call center staff or health care guides, mentioned in the article, will be required to have.

I attended a New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Agent meeting Friday, Aug. 30, in Albuquerque and during this meeting the staff, the ones in attendance, made it clear that the role of agents will be extremely important during this enrollment/education process.

We, Licensed Insurance Agents, are members of this community who care about our clients and are here to help. Please do the residents of San Juan County a great service and publish my letter as well as an article informing the public of the resource available to them.

 

Rena Crochet, LUTCF

Licensed Insurance Agent

Armstrong Coury Insurance

Farmington