COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to pass a substitute version of state Senate Bill 9, a bill that would set training and certification standards for “navigators.”
The House already has passed a similar bill.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) requires states and federal agencies to set up a new system of “exchanges,” or Web-based health insurance supermarkets, by Oct. 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start out running the exchange program in Ohio.
PPACA also is supposed to create a new class of independent “navigators,” or ombudsmen not paid by health insurers, to help consumers use the exchange system.