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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans purchasing health insurance on the federal exchange will be better protected by a new set of emergency rules. The rules were submitted by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak and approved by Gov. Mary Fallin. The rules ensure that all registered navigators are properly trained and obeying Oklahoma laws.
“Our purpose here is to protect consumers,” said Doak. “The roles and duties of navigators are very different than those of insurance agents and brokers. It’s my job as insurance commissioner to make sure consumers are being treated fairly. I will take administrative action against any navigator who crosses the line and performs duties exclusive to insurance agents and brokers.”
Anyone wishing to operate as a navigator in the state of Oklahoma must prove they meet the qualifications and submit an application to the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Navigators must be approved by the federal government, undergo a background check and pay the required fees before operating in the state of Oklahoma.
According to Oklahoma statute, navigators must do the following:
The emergency rules are available at http://www.ok.gov/oid/documents/100614_EME_Ch%20_10.pdf.
For more information contact:
Kelly Collins Dexter
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.