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2013 House Bill 4576: Regulate federal health care law “navigators”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (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 insurance 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 insurance policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.
    • Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on April 17, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on June 11, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 18, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on June 18, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not mandate a full licensure regime for "navigators," but does impose background check and other requirements. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013.
  2. Passed 102 to 7 in the House on December 12, 2013, to impose regulation and a "certification" requirement on the “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist persons applying for government-subsidized health insurance benefits through agency this law creates (the “exchange”). The bill authorizes background checks, testing and training requirements, and more. Among other things it would prohibit an individual, firm or other entity certified as a “navigator” from steering a person toward any particular insurance policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on January 8, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on January 8, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 18, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on December 15, 2014, to impose regulation and a "certification" requirement on the “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist persons applying for government-subsidized health insurance benefits through agency this law creates (the “exchange”). The bill authorizes 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 insurance policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 16, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on December 17, 2014, to add language requiring certification of "application counselors," who perform a role similar to "navigators". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2014.
  6. Passed 102 to 7 in the House on December 17, 2014, to impose regulation and a "certification" requirement on the “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist persons applying for government-subsidized health insurance benefits through agency this law creates (the “exchange”), and on "application counselors, who perform a similar role. The bill authorizes background checks, testing and training requirements, and more. Among other things it would prohibit an individual, firm or other entity certified as a “navigator” or "application counselor" from steering a person toward any particular insurance policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on December 17, 2014.
  8. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 18, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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