The efforts of governors and state legislators to block consumers who want to use PPACA Navigators to help them sign up for health care could have “profound effects,” a consumer advocacy group contends in a report released today.
“This is Navigator suppression, and it perpetuates the systematic denial of affordable health care to huge numbers of the most vulnerable individuals in our society, especially those in minority and lower-income populations,” said Ethan Rome, executive director for Health Care for America Now (HCAN).
The HCAN report, entitled. “Anti-Obamacare States Try to Throw Navigators Off-Course,” describes some of the state tactics used to block the work of navigators and undermine successful implementation of the law.
The report said the excessive requirements being used by officials in at least 13 states to block consumers from using Navigators include such requirements as residency rules, extra fees, additional and unnecessary training requirements, superfluous certification exams, and prohibitions against navigators talking with consumers about the benefits offered by different plans.