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State Representative Barbara Sears will likely be introducing legislation soon after the Thanksgiving holiday to give the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) authority to establish a certification process for navigators and licensed agents to assist consumers in any health benefit exchange operated in Ohio.   In order for a person to become a Navigator in Ohio, they will have to take training related to HIPAA, ethics and the provisions of PPACA relating to navigators and exchanges. The legislation will also make it clear that Navigators cannot perform the functions of an agent unless they are licensed as an agent to sell health insurance in Ohio.
Licensed agents will have to take an initial eight-hour exchange training course developed by ODI in order to become certified to sell in the Health Benefits Exchange. The hours will qualify as continuing education hours. In addition, during every 2-year renewal period an agent will need to take four hours of continuing education relating to Exchanges.

Although additional regulation is never fun, we're committed to getting this certification. So when you need help, we'll be ready.
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