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The 3 people who can make picking a health plan easier

Google is great, but sometimes you just need to talk to a human being. If it’s time to call in some help picking a plan that’s a great fit for you.

By Kate Awsumb
August 2, 2017

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When you’re shopping for a new TV or new sweater or even a new health plan, Google is your best friend. But after hours of working through search results, scrolling down pages of information and entering details into every quiz and calculator you can find, you’re ready to talk to a human being who can answer questions about your unique situation.

Luckily, three types of experts are waiting for your call. Health insurance brokers, navigators and plan representatives will sit down with you to understand what you want and need from your health plan. There’s no cost to you and you don’t have to buy anything from them. They’ll help you identify and compare options that work with your budget and situation. Let’s meet them.

Picking a Health Plan - Belinda the Broker

Picking a Health Plan - Rachel the Plan Rep

Picking a Health Plan - Nathan the Navigator

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About Kate Awsumb

Kate Awsumb is a journalist and communications consultant for HealthPartners who has worked with many government, nonprofit, and private organizations to make health information easy to understand and easy to use. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Men’s Health, StarTribune, Minnesota Parent and the Twin Cities Moms Blog. She holds master’s degrees in health communication and public health, making her a perfect fit for the Health Insurance Help blog. Kate believes health is so much more than not being sick – it keeps us doing what we love, traveling to new places and chasing our kids around the backyard. When she’s not working, you’ll find Kate running, hiking, biking, rowing, snowshoeing, or otherwise on the move with her husband, young daughter and Boston terrier.

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