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Missouri Legislature Approves Criminal Background Checks for Navigators

On May 15, Missouri lawmakers approved a bill that would require criminal background checks for individuals applying to be licensed by the state as health insurance navigators...
May 28, 2014

On May 15, Missouri lawmakers approved a bill that would require criminal background checks for individuals applying to be licensed by the state as health insurance navigators. Those with past convictions involving fraud or dishonesty would not be licensed. It is uncertain whether Gov. Jay Nixon (D) will sign the legislation. The bill attracted widespread, bipartisan support, passing in the Senate 27-3 last Thursday after clearing the House 133-14 the day before.

Passage of the bill comes despite the fact that Missouri’s U.S. Western District Court issued a preliminary injunction against another law that requires navigators to obtain a state license. The PIA-affiliated Missouri Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, supporting a challenge to the injunction.

Missouri Law Passes for Navigator Background Checks (Associated Press 5/15/14)
Missouri Agents File Amicus Brief (PIA 5/14/ 2014)