More changes are on the way for those who help you sign up for health insurance. The federally funded navigators who assist with the sign up for the Affordable Care Act must now receive 20 more hours of training under new state rules.
Nonprofit organizations overseeing the navigator program argued against the implementation of more rules that they see as costly and unnecessary. Governor Rick Perry wanted 40 extra hours. His administration said these new rules will protect Texans' personal information. Navigators must finish the training by May first. That is after the March 31st deadline for open enrollment in the Federal Health Exchange.
Texas Senator John Cornyn issues this statement on the ruling:
"Obamacare presents enough problems for Texans without the risk of a convicted felon handling their personal information. These are basic requirements for screening individuals hired with taxpayer money to handle sensitive consumer information, and there is no excuse for the Obama Administration's failure to implement them from day one."