Oklahoma creates new rules for Affordable Care Act navigators
by Brianna Bailey

At the behest of state Insurance Commissioner John Doak, Oklahoma has adopted emergency regulations to govern health care navigator programs that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

Navigator programs were created by the Affordable Care Act to help consumers understand coverage options under the law and find affordable health care coverage.

Among other requirements, the new rules require navigators to undergo a background check and submit to an inspection from the Oklahoma Insurance Department at any time. Navigators also must pay the Insurance Department an annual fee of $25 to $50.

Chad Austin, Oklahoma CAA navigator consortium project coordinator for the Hugo-based Little Dixie Community Action Agency, said he doesn’t foresee the new state rules creating many problems for navigators to operate in the state.

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