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Missouri Agents File Amicus Brief to Lift Injunction Against Navigator Law

The PIA-affiliated Missouri Association of Insurance Agents has filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit...
May 14, 2014

The PIA-affiliated Missouri Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) has filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The MAIA amicus brief is in support of overturning the preliminary injunction issued by Missouri’s U.S. Western District Court against Missouri’s law requiring a state license to serve as a navigator to help consumers sign up for coverage through the health insurance marketplace. Although the ruling only applies to Missouri’s law, it could have major implications for other states that passed similar laws or regulations. PIA National believes strict standards should be set for navigators and their role carefully defined and overseen by the states. PIA supports MAIA in its legal challenge.

Regarding the original Missouri injunction, Larry Case, executive vice president of MAIA, said it eliminates any meaningful oversight for navigators and flies in the face of state regulation of insurance. “In many respects, the judge who issued the injunction created a Wild West ‘buyer beware’ environment for consumers who deal with navigators,” he said. “This provides opportunity for convicted felons or unscrupulous individuals who may have been denied an insurance license or had their license revoked to become a navigator or certified application counselor and gain access to personal information of Missouri consumers.”

MAIA Amicus Brief (filed 5/12/14)

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