Certified Application Counselor
What is a Certified Application Counselor?
Certified Application Counselors (CACs) help people apply and enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Each state exchange must have a Certified Application Counselor program, with similar training and privacy standards as Navigators and Assisters (although the training and certification requirements are less rigorous for CACs).
The CACs help people understand and choose the right health plan, conduct outreach, maintain experience in eligibility, enrollment, and all insurance affordability program specifications; provide information and services in a fair, impartial and culturally competent manner; and facilitate selection of a QHP. CACs are not required to begin providing additional post-enrollment assistance starting in 2018, although they will be able to do so if properly trained.
I'm self-employed. Is it better for me to buy health insurance through a broker, or through the exchange?
A broker can help you enroll through the exchange, giving you personalized recommendations, but also allowing you to get subsidies for which you're eligible.