PHOENIX - The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill creating new licensing and background check requirements for so-called Affordable Care Act navigators who help uninsured people buy healthcare.
Lawmakers approved House Bill 2508 by Republican Rep. Phil Lovas of Peoria on Thursday with a 35-23 vote.
The bill requires navigators to get a special license through the state Department of Insurance and to pass a criminal background check.
It also bans people who have been convicted of fraud-related misdemeanors from being navigators.
Proponents say the bill protects consumers. Opponents say it's unnecessary and makes it more difficult for people to sign up for health care plans through the Affordable Care Act.
States such as Ohio, South Dakota and Missouri have introduced similar bills, one of which has become law but has been put on hold by federal judge.