Only 6 states require Obamacare navigators to pass background checks

By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online

Most states have nonexistent or only partial requirements for background checks for Obamacare navigators. But new legislation introduced in Arizona, Colorado and Virginia would mandate background checks for all navigators, establishing strict guidelines for what offenses the state would consider disqualifying.

Different states classify types of navigators differently — there are “navigators,” “in-person assistors,” “certified application counselors,” and “health-care guides,” to name a few — but all have the same basic job: helping Americans sign up for health coverage.

These navigators work with vulnerable populations and have access to confidential data, including Social Security numbers, financial information and health records. Nevertheless, the federal government does not require Obamacare navigators to undergo background checks.

at National Review Online.

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