Two broker associations have expressed concern about the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesÂ’ proposal to federalize regulation of navigator groups that enroll individuals in health care plans on the public exchanges. The organizations say the rule would usurp state efforts to enforce consumer protection laws and unnecessarily expand the role of navigators and assisters.

The HHS draft regulations were released March 14 as part of a 279- page proposed rule to address requirements for insurance issuers, exchanges, navigators, non-navigator assistance personnel and other entities under the Affordable Care Act. The rule proposes standards such as product discontinuation and renewal, quality reporting and minimum certification standards and responsibilities of private health insurance issuers, in addition to the navigator guidelines.

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