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State Laws Governing Navigators May Be At Risk

The Obama administration is quietly preparing to issue a regulation, maybe as soon as this week, that would overturn a number of state laws mandating standards for healthcare “navigators” under the Affordable Care Act...
May 14, 2014

The Obama administration is quietly preparing to issue a regulation, maybe as soon as this week, that would overturn a number of state laws mandating standards for healthcare “navigators” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule being considered by the White House Office of Management and Budget would outlaw six categories of state laws, including those that require ACA assisters to refer people to agents and brokers or bar navigators from talking about the advantages of specific insurance plans.

PIA supports the adoption of strict standards governing navigators. PIA believes that a navigator’s role should be carefully defined and overseen by the states. Additionally, navigators should not be allowed to engage in activities that include selling, soliciting or negotiating insurance.

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