Missouri lawmakers look to crack down on navigators

Posted by Dave Berry

By JORDAN SHAPIRO Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY • Measures to impose new requirements on health care navigators — the people who help consumers with purchasing health insurance — are making their way through the Missouri Legislature. Sponsors say the bills are designed to protect consumers; others, however, see yet another effort to fight the Affordable Care Act.

The Missouri Senate last week passed legislation that would require navigators to take a written examination and undergo a criminal background check before becoming licensed to help people sign up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace.

Another bill would require navigators to purchase a $100,000 bond in case they are sued for unlawfully sharing a consumer’s personal or financial information.

Source: Associated Press

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