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Pennsylvania House Considers Navigators Bill Supported by PIA

The Pennsylvania House is considering a bill that sets out a list of criteria that healthcare navigators should be required to meet...
June 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania House is considering a bill that sets out a list of criteria that healthcare navigators should be required to meet. The bill is based on a template provided by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), which was supported by PIA National.

“It’s my belief that these navigators should receive some level of certification to be able to communicate complex information about insurance products,” said State Rep. Tobash (R-Schuylkill Haven), who owns several insurance agencies in the commonwealth. The House Health Committee approved the bill but, while Tobash said he hopes it will start a conversation, he said the proposal is not ready for a full House vote. Tobash is meeting with community groups to better understand their concerns.

The federal government gets to pick — and pay — the healthcare navigators for Pennsylvania, because the state declined to create its own healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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