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2013 Senate Bill 324: Require certification of federal health care law “navigators”
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on April 17, 2013 To impose licensure and regulation on the “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist persons applying for government-subsidized health benefits through the administrative agency this law creates (called the “exchange”). The bill authorizes license fees, background checks, testing and training requirements, and more. Among other things it would prohibit an individual, firm or other entity licensed as a “navigator” from steering a person toward any particular policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on April 17, 2013
Reported in the Senate on June 18, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 12, 2014 To adopt a version that does not impose full-blown licensure but instead requires limited "certification" of navigators.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2014
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require "certification" for the individuals and organizations acting as “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist individuals who apply for government-subsidized health benefits through the law's “exchange,” including criminal background check and training requirements. The bill requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Services to determine whether a training program not created by the state sufficiently protects the privacy and security of Michigan residents' personally identifiable information. If it does not, then the state would have to provide its own version. The bill authorizes administrative sanctions and fines for individuals and organizations who violate various rules, including "steering" a person toward a particular policy.
Received in the House on June 12, 2014
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on June 12, 2014

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