Final regulations issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week reflect input from health plan brokers with regard to the amount of leeway accorded to states to regulate health exchange navigators.

In April, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, known as the Big “I,” issued a statement that previously proposed CMS rules would have interfered with states’ ability to legislate regulations for navigators to assure basic consumer protection standards are met. “The association sees the draft regulations as chipping away at state authority to enforce consumer protection laws, and at the same time expanding the duties of navigators and similar entities,” Big “I” wrote.

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