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Access Health CT Announces Applications are Open for 2024 Broker Academy Program

The free training program is diversifying the broker community in Connecticut 

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 1, 2024) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that applications are open for the 2024 Broker Academy Program. Click here for the application. The deadline to apply is March 31.

The Broker Academy is now in its third year. This free program creates a pathway to license health insurance brokers by recruiting from, and building the skillsets of, those who live and work in underserved communities in Connecticut.

The Broker Academy was created as part of AHCT’s mission-driven approach to reducing health disparities. As a result of the program, 50 students passed the state licensing exam and became insurance brokers. Forty-two are certified with AHCT. They are now working as brokers throughout the state.

Health insurance brokers help their clients shop, compare and enroll in a health insurance plan that best fits their needs. They also assist their clients in understanding their selected insurance plan and how to use it, and they answer any additional questions. 

The program is an opportunity for participants to begin a new, flexible career in a growing employment field. The demand for health insurance brokers is projected to increase by 8% through 2032 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Applicants to the Broker Academy must be 18 years or older. They must hold a high school diploma or GED, have one to three letters of recommendation and have community service experience. The program is open to all Connecticut residents. Preference will be given to applicants who reside or work in underserved areas.

Accepted Broker Academy candidates will receive free training, a five-month mentorship with an experienced broker, professional development and program support. Weekly training sessions for program readiness will be held in May. In-person classes begin June 3. Classes will take place in the Hartford and Norwalk areas, two of the most underinsured areas in Connecticut.

“We are proud of the Broker Academy and the impact its graduates are having on underserved communities,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer James Michel. “By working as trusted resources in these areas, they are helping people get access to health care they have not had before. And breaking down these barriers will lead to healthier generations in the future.

“Our goal is to continue building on the success we’ve had for the past two years,” he continued. “Eliminating health disparities is an important part of our mission. The Broker Academy is one way we can achieve that.”

AHCT is hosting free virtual Broker Academy information sessions. The remaining sessions will take place March 5 and March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To register for the March 5 session, click here. To register for the March 19 session, click here