Mo.'s ACA Navigator Licensing Law Put On Hold

Law360, Washington (January 24, 2014, 1:34 PM EST) -- A Missouri federal judge on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against a state law requiring federally sanctioned Affordable Care Act navigators to be licensed, saying the requirement would be onerous and runs counter to the act.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith said Missouri's Health Insurance Marketplace Innovation Act is preempted by federal law because it would prevent health insurance navigators and certified application counselors from educating people about the state's federally facilitated exchanges, as required by ACA.

"The court concludes an injunction is justified to...
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