The Senate today (June 9th) approved and sent to the Governor legislation that would provide essential protection of consumers’ rights and personal information with regard to navigators and certified application counselors created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” according to 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 Senate concurred on House amendments to the measure and sent it on to Governor Wolf.

“As the public becomes increasingly aware of the many inherent problems with Obamacare, the lack of adequate consumer protection safeguards was apparent right from the beginning. That’s a major reason why I supported this bill when it came through my committee and each time it came to the Senate for a vote last session and again this year. 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, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. “I believe it is absolutely essential for the Commonwealth to enact the regulations detailed in Senate Bill 293 to protect our consumers.”

The federal Affordable Care Act relies on individuals, generally called “navigators,” to educate and enroll millions of uninsured Americans in 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 by the federal statute.

Contact:        Joe Pittman     (717) 787-8724