At the request of Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Department of Insurance rolled out an additional set of requirements Obamacare "navigators" will be subject to. On top of the training and certification the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandates, TDI will require an additional 40 hours of continuing education.
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The navigators, who have been trained to assist Texans with things like determining voucher amounts or submitting applications over the phone, via mail or online, will also be fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks under TDI's proposed rules unveiled Tuesday.
A statement from Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said the state must be "on guard against the continuing missteps of the Obama Administration." It's all about protecting Texans, he says. Of course, in a state that considers Obamacare, in the words of Dewhurst, an "encroachment on the individual liberties of Texans," it isn't difficult to see the rules as obstructionist. After all, Texas, which boasts the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, opted not to expand Medicaid and thumbed its nose instead at President Obama and billions of federal dollars.More »