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Texas adds more health law navigator training

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Federally funded "navigators" who help Texans sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act must receive 20 more hours of training under new rules announced by state regulators.

The Texas Department of Insurance issued the new mandates Tuesday. Nonprofits overseeing the navigator program in Texas had urged the agency not to implement more rules they see as costly and unnecessary.

Gov. Rick Perry had sought 40 hours of additional state training for navigators. His insurance commissioner, Julia Rathgeber, said the rules "will help ensure Texans have confidence" that navigators will protect their personal information.

Navigators must complete the training by May 1. That's after the March 31 deadline for open enrollment in the federal health exchange.

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