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GOP Lawmakers Questions ACA Helpers

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:55:15 CST

Republicans are calling for a review of the state's management of Affordable Care Act navigators. State Representative Darlene Senger wants the state insurance department to audit the navigator program. Navigators help consumers apply for coverage on Affordable Care Act's online marketplace. Illinois received federal money to hire about 15 hundred navigators, at a cost Republicans say is topping 36 million dollars. Senger, a Republican from Naperville, says there has not been enough information about how the money is being used.

A spokeswoman for the state insurance marketplace says Illinois closely monitors navigators. The state requires three days of training. That is more than the preparation required by the Feds. The spokeswoman says navigators must also pass background checks.

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