COLUMBUS — State Senator Kevin Bacon today introduced legislation that seeks to regulate and manage health insurance navigators.

As part of the health exchange system created by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), navigators are tasked with helping people find and apply for health insurance. Navigators cannot work for any insurance provider and must be free of any conflicts of interest that could bias their advice to clients.

Bacon’s bill provides the Ohio Department of Insurance with the authority to regulate navigators, holding them to many of the same consumer protections Ohio demands of insurance agents. In addition, the bill calls for training and continuing education requirements, criminal background checks and other certifications.

“Navigators are a new position in the insurance market, and will work with many different groups and organizations. The bill will provide regulatory oversight and consumer protection,” Bacon said. 

Senate Bill 9 will now be assigned to a Senate committee for further consideration.

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