AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATORS UNDER THE FEDERAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Deletes proposed licensing of navigators in proposed Part 8 and instead provides for the certification and training of navigators in new Article 33B in GS Chapter 58. Amends the definitions of exchange and navigator and deletes the terms insurance producer and patient navigator. Prohibits an individual or entity from acting, offering to act, or advertising and serving as a navigator unless certified as a navigator. Sets out requirements to be met for certification. Certification is valid for two years; sets out requirements for renewal. Specifies information that must be reported quarterly by each certified navigator to the entity with which the navigator is affiliated; the entity must then report the information to the Commissioner of Insurance. Includes the same prohibited acts from the 1st edition. Makes conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2014.
Appropriates $580,187 for 2013-14 and $351,974 for 2014-15 from the General Fund to the Department of Insurance (Department) to implement the act. Authorizes the creation of two full-time equivalent positions. Requires the Department to use its best efforts to seek federal funding to implement the act. Requires a report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on the efforts to obtain federal funding on or before March 1, 2014. Effective July 1, 2013.
Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.
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