Committee Approves Bill Regulating Healthcare Exchange Navigators

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today (February 3) approved legislation that would provide essential protection of consumers’ rights and personal information under the federal health care act, according to Committee Chairman Senator Don White.

Senate Bill 293, also known as the Navigator Accessibility and Regulation Act, would require Healthcare Exchange Navigators be certified by the Department of Insurance and pass a criminal background check. The measure, introduced by Senator John Eichelberger, is now headed to the full Senate for consideration.

The federal Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) relies on individuals, generally called “navigators,” to educate and enroll millions of uninsured Americans in either Medicaid or a private insurance plan.  Although in many respects these navigators act like insurance agents, they have almost no qualifications or restrictions placed upon them.

“It is critical we enact basic and essential regulatory safeguards in Pennsylvania to offset the lack of detailed regulations and requirements for navigators under the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator White. “I believe it is absolutely essential for the Commonwealth to enact the regulations detailed in Senate Bill 293 to protect our consumers.”

The Banking and Insurance Committee also approved Senate Bill 397, a measure introduced by Senator Richard Alloway that would privatize and regulate the Bail Bondsman industry in Pennsylvania.   

Contact:         Joe Pittman     (717) 787-8724