Ohio Senate Approves Bill To Regulate Insurance Navigators
Measure will help protect consumers as they seek advice on obtaining health insurance
March 19, 2013
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate today approved Senate Bill 9, legislation sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon that outlines the duties of health exchange navigators and establishes certification and training requirements to help protect consumers. Navigators were created as part of the federal health care act to help individuals obtain information about available health insurance plans and facilitate their enrollment.

“Navigators play a unique role in the insurance industry, and making sure these individuals have the proper training and oversight is essential to protect consumers,” Bacon said. “This bill details the activities that a navigator is expected to perform while ensuring our state maintains oversight of the navigators that will be operating within our insurance market.”

Under Senate Bill 9, navigators must meet several criteria in order to be certified – including several hours of training and education on the available health plan options, as well as ethics training. The bill also prohibits navigators from recommending a particular health plan, enrolling an individual, and selling or soliciting health insurance. It also prevents any person or business from becoming certified as a navigator if they receive financial compensation from an insurer offering a health plan through Ohio’s exchange.

Senate Bill 9 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. Similar legislation was passed by the House last week.

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