Published Wed, Dec 5, 2012 5:05 pm Dateline
The Ohio House has passed 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 exchange.
The measure cleared Wednesday on a 56-32 vote, and it now heads to the Senate.
These so-called health navigators will help educate consumers and small businesses about the new online markets created by the federal 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.
Ohio's bill requires navigators to pass background checks and specifies they can't sell, solicit or negotiate health insurance.
The bill's sponsor says the measure would serve as a blueprint as the state moves forward to meet the federal requirements.