October 21, 2014

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Rules for health ‘navigators’ head to Gov. Kasich

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill to require training and certification for a new group of professionals who will be available to guide consumers through the new health insurance market is on its way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The House on Wednesday agreed 87-7 to Senate changes made to the bill. Kasich’s signature is likely.

These so-called health navigators will help educate consumers and small businesses about the online marketplaces created by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Through these exchanges, consumers will be able to buy individual private policies and apply for government subsidies to help pay their premiums. Open enrollment starts Oct. 1.

Ohio’s bill would require navigators to pass criminal background checks, and it specifies they can’t sell, solicit or negotiate health insurance.