Tenn. Screening Rule Halted For Groups Giving ACA Guidance

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Monday embargoed Tennessee's requirement that community groups providing public outreach and guidance on the state's nascent health insurance exchange register with the state and undergo criminal screening, saying the law likely infringed the groups' free speech.

U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell issued a two-week temporary restraining order blocking an emergency rule from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance that purportedly equated community groups like unions and churches to "navigators" authorized by the Affordable Care Act to educate prospective insurance applicants about the exchanges.

The rule effectively held those groups to the same registration and screening...

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