PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has approved a measure that would require extra licensing and background checks for health exchange navigators who help people buy coverage.
The Senate approved House Bill 2508 with a 19-10 vote on Wednesday. The bill that would require navigators to get a license through the state Department of Insurance and to pass a criminal background check.
Proponents say the requirements protect consumers who share private from identity theft.
But Democrats say the bill is an attempt to slow down enrollment and that it's unnecessary because navigators already have contracts with the federal government.
Navigators assist people in picking insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act health exchange.