Health benefit exchange; regulation of navigators, report. (SB1261)

Introduced By

Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health benefit exchange; regulation of navigators. Establishes requirements for persons that serve as navigators in any health benefit exchange established for the Commonwealth. Navigators are required by the federal Affordable Care Act to perform certain functions relating to the operation of an exchange, including informing individuals and small employers about the availability of qualified health plans, facilitating enrollment of qualified individuals into health plans, and performing outreach and education efforts. This measure requires that an individual or entity obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission prior to acting as a navigator. A navigator is prohibited from engaging in activities that would require an insurance agent or producer license under this title; from providing advice concerning the benefits, terms, and features of a particular health plan or offering advice about which health plan is better or worse for a particular individual or employer; from making recommendations concerning the substantive benefits, terms, or conditions of health plans; or from enrolling an individual or employee in a qualified health plan offered through an exchange. The Commission is required to establish a certification and training program that includes initial and continuing education requirements and an examination and to adopt rules, to the extent permitted by the Affordable Care Act, that require a navigator to carry and maintain errors and omissions insurance. Navigators are required to obtain a surety bond or provide evidence of financial responsibility. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed
01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed 13101711D
01/11/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1261)
02/04/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Committee substitute printed 13104082D-S1
02/05/2013Read second time
02/05/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104082D-S1
02/05/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1261S1
02/05/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Passed Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read first time
02/11/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1261S1)
02/14/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read second time
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed House (81-Y 18-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (81-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1261ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1261ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 791 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (77-Y 18-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (77-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB1261ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 791 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0791)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2246.