State lawmakers, Congress ratchet up scrutiny on navigators

Congress and state lawmakers have been paying more attention to healthcare navigators, the people who will help enroll millions of Americans into Medicaid or commercial health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act and are considered crucial to building the insurance rolls in the coming months. Lawmakers in 16 states have passed or are considering passing regulations that would focus on the licensing of navigators, while 13 state attorneys general--all Republicans--have raised concerns that the navigators could violate patient privacy, according to StateLine. And GOP lawmakers who serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are seeking documentation from the 11 states that received $67 million in federal funding to train navigators. Article

 

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