Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 6, 2014
Contact: David Edmonson
Office: 512-463-0113
Cell: 512-689-1050

Senator Ellis on TDI's Proposed Navigator Rules

(Austin, TX)Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement and letter to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regarding TDI's proposed new rules concerning the regulation of navigators for Health Benefit Exchanges:

"As written, TDI's proposed navigator rules should not be implemented, as they will impose excessive fees and unnecessary training requirements. While I share TDI's concern about protecting Texas consumers' privacy and data, these rules would go well beyond the requirements for others doing similar work. If the impetus for these rules is truly about protecting consumers, then why doesn't TDI seek to place the same restrictions and requirements on everyone with access to personal information needed for health insurance enrollment?"

"If these onerous restrictions and excessive training requirements are imposed on navigators, TDI should take steps to implement equivalent rules to ensure that consumers are protected regardless of who is providing them with enrollment assistance. Otherwise, these proposed rules appear to be about more than privacy."

 (PDF) ATTACHMENT: Letter to TDI Commissioner Rathgeber (PDF)