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Rules for health 'navigators' head to Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state legislative committee has cleared a bill creating rules for people who will help Ohioans navigate the new online market created by the federal health care law.

So-called "navigators" are expected to help educate consumers and small businesses about the new health insurance exchanges. The bill would make navigators pass background checks and set training and certification requirements.

The Ohio House was expected to vote on the proposal Wednesday.

Ohio has opted for a partnership with the federal government to run the exchange but doesn't intend to run its own navigator program.

An official with the state's Department of Insurance told lawmakers it's not necessary for Ohio to run the navigator program to regulate those operating in it.

Some consumer advocates said that the bill was premature.

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