Maria KeenaBy Maria Keena

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri’s Republican Lawmakers are once again pushing for more regulations on navigators for the Affordable Care Act.

Last week, the State Senate passed legislation that would require those navigators to take written exams, get background checks and be bonded for $100,000. In 2013 they passed similar legislation, but last month a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction, citing conflicts with the ACA federal law.

Republican Senator John Lamping says the ACA allowed for the creation of federal navigators, but didn’t provide standards and procedures for them.

“This year mostly centered around asking the navigators to be bonded. If in fact they did something wrong or illegal, something that caused harm to the public that there would be some way for the individual to seek relief from that bad advice or fraudulent advice,”

Democrats contend it’s just another attempt by the Republicans to block the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democratic Minority Leader Jolie Justus says the proposed law could leave Missouri open to lawsuits.

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