Feds urge against paper exchange applications

Federal health officials advised healthcare reform enrollment counselors and insurance brokers to stop using paper to enroll people in health insurance exchange plans, the Associated Press reported. The feds are worried paper applications won't be processed in time. "We received guidance from the feds recommending that folks apply online as opposed to paper," Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Insurance, told the AP.  The Obama administration emphasizes that while HealthCare.gov is the easiest way to sign up for coverage in the new insurance marketplaces, consumers can purchase exchange plans the old-fashioned way, over the phone or in-person. Article