Texas Department of Insurance http://kut.org en It's Official: Texas OKs Extra Rules, Training for Obamacare Navigators http://kut.org/post/its-official-texas-oks-extra-rules-training-obamacare-navigators <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas now has extra requirements for Affordable Care Act navigators who help consumers find their way around the federally-run health insurance marketplace.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Beginning at the end of 2013 and lasting through early January, the Texas Department of Insurance <a href="http://kut.org/post/testimony-begins-proposed-texas-rules-obamacare-navigators">listened to public testimony </a>and received more than 300 pages of written comments on the proposed rules.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:40:06 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9610 at http://kut.org It's Official: Texas OKs Extra Rules, Training for Obamacare Navigators Testimony Begins on Proposed Texas Rules for Obamacare Navigators http://kut.org/post/testimony-begins-proposed-texas-rules-obamacare-navigators <p>Lawmakers and members of the public testified on new Texas-only rules for the Affordable Care Act <span style="line-height: 1.5;">on Dec. 20 in Austin. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new rules would restrict who can become a health insurance "navigator" under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These proposed&nbsp;rules&nbsp;have caused controversy: critics say they're meant to impede the success of the federal health care law, whereas supporters say they will teach navigators how to safeguard consumers' information.</span></p><p>The Texas Department of Insurance&nbsp;wrote the proposed rules to regulate navigators. They're already required to go through a federal training before they help people sign up for insurance through the new federal healthcare exchange.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125791396&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:35:44 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9421 at http://kut.org Testimony Begins on Proposed Texas Rules for Obamacare Navigators How to Find, Comment On Proposed Texas Rules for Health Insurance Navigators http://kut.org/post/how-find-comment-proposed-texas-rules-health-insurance-navigators <p><em>Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the proposed rules from the Texas Department of Insurance.</em></p><p>You may have heard the term navigators lately – they’re the volunteers who can help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>They go through an online federal training to learn how to help people navigate the federally-run marketplace, though they can't tell anyone which plan to buy. Earlier this year, a number of agencies in Texas received almost $11 million collectively to pay for their training.</p><p>Now the Texas Department of Insurance has written proposed state rules that would add 40 hours of training and require a background check for navigators.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:01:35 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9413 at http://kut.org How to Find, Comment On Proposed Texas Rules for Health Insurance Navigators