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Updated Apr 22, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Brewer signs bill regulating insurance navigators

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring licensing and
background checks for navigators who help people buy health insurance on the
federal marketplace.

The bill signed Tuesday by the Republican governor requires the state Insurance
Department to license navigators.

Republican proponents say the requirements protect consumers from identity
theft. More than a dozen GOP-controlled states have passed similar legislation.
Democrats call them an attempt to slow down enrollment in President Barack
Obama’s health care overhaul and unnecessary because navigators have contracts
with the federal government.

Navigators help people pick insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act
insurance exchange.

The Legislature passed the bill last week mainly along party lines, with
majority Republicans in support. Democratic Sens. David Bradley and Katie Hobbs
also voted for the bill.


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