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Navigators for Healthcare Coverage Guidance in Pennsylvania

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The Patriot News reports that so far, Obamacare supporters in the state anticipate no problems with navigators trained to assist the public with finding insurance...

 
 

Barack ObamaThe Patriot News reports that so far, Obamacare supporters in the state anticipate no problems with navigators trained to assist the public with finding insurance coverage. Recently, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee contacted certain organizations receiving federal grants to hire and train navigators, asking for details of expenditures. The Lee University School of Law and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claim that this action exhibits an attempt at intimidating non-profit groups established to help American citizens learn about health insurance options and enroll in a healthcare plan.

Earlier this year, a Republican legislator introduced a bill that required navigators abide by the same regulations set forth for licensed insurance brokers. However, as of the summer break, the bill remains in the committee. For now, it remains unknown if the Pennsylvania Insurance Department will force restrictions on navigators. The Pennsylvania state law states that “people may not sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance without a producer license.” A spokesperson for the department shares that the organization is working to determine what limitations will apply to the navigators.

The federal health insurance exchange will exist as an online marketplace where individuals may shop for government-approved health coverage. The site will additionally offer information concerning tax breaks designed to assist in coverage payment. Citizens may also find information concerning eligibility for government health programs that include Medicaid and CHIP. Navigators will help guide people to the exchange and assist people in choosing and enrolling for the desired coverage.

Pennsylvania received $2.7 million in grant money for the purpose of hiring and training navigators. Statistics indicate that the state currently has approximately 1.3 million uninsured residents. There are no reports at this time as to how many navigators will be hired and trained for the state. Around 17 states made the decision to establish their own exchanges. However, as Governor Tom Corbett is considered an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, many doubt the state will offer funding for the project.

A solid plan has been announced that would allow over a half million un-insured inhabitants of Pennsylvania to obtain health coverage.

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