There is Florida law regarding the registering and regulation of the “Navigator” position created by federal health care reform. The law states:
Alert: CMS 2018 Assister Certification Training and Bulletin Now Available
On Friday, August 4, 2017, CMS released the Assister Certification Training for Plan Year 2018. The training is hosted by the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS), which is the online web-based training platform for assisters providing application and enrollment assistance to consumers in Federally-Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs), including State Partnership Exchanges (SPEs), and State-based Exchanges using the Federal platform (SBE-FPs). The training can be accessed through the CMS Enterprise Portal by logging in or registering as a new user at https://portal.cms.gov/wps/portal/unauthportal/registration. Existing users can login at https://portal.cms.gov.
On August 4, 2017, CMS released the 2017 Assister Certification Bulletin, which provides guidance on training, certification, and recertification requirements and procedures for navigators, certified application counselors CACs, and CAC designated organizations (CDOs) in the FFEs for plan year 2018.
Navigators are required to adhere to strict security and privacy standards – including how to safeguard a consumer’s personal information. They are required to complete training by the federal government to be certified, will take additional federal training throughout the year, and will renew their federal certification yearly. All types of enrollment assisters – including Certified Application Counselors and agents/brokers – are required to complete specific training and are subject to federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy or fraud statutes, on top of any relevant state law penalties.
Individuals interested in becoming Navigators should contact the entities that are awarded Navigator grants by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for potential employment opportunities. Navigators are not hired directly by the federal government or the Marketplace.
The training curriculum for Navigators is available on the Marketplace website - http://marketplace.cms.gov. Please know that completion of the federal navigator curriculum does not automatically qualify an individual to become a navigator.
Certified Marketplace Application Counselors are not required to be registered as a navigator by the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) as they are not regulated by DFS. If you are a certified Marketplace Application Counselor, please do not apply for registration as a Florida navigator.
If you are already registered in Florida as a navigator, you do not
need to re-apply, re-qualify, or re-register with the DFS. Please be sure to
check your registration status via your MyProfile account. You only need to email your Marketplace Navigator certificate for the 2018 enrollment period to the Department.
If you wish to access information from the Federal Government, such as information regarding the Federally-facilitated Marketplace or Health Insurance Exchange, please go to their website at http://www.healthcare.gov.
All agents and brokers participating in the FFM must complete registration on the CMS Enterprise Portal at https://portal.cms.gov (i.e., create an FFM user account, select the agent/broker role, and complete identity proofing) if they have not done so previously.
To continue participation in the Federally-facilitated Individual Marketplace each year, agents and brokers must also complete a Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) profile, complete the required training and exams, and execute the Individual Marketplace Agreements (i.e., General and Privacy & Security Agreement). To begin this process, agents and brokers must log in to the CMS Enterprise Portal at https://portal.cms.gov with their existing credentials.
To continue participation in the Federally-facilitated SHOP Marketplace each year, agents and brokers must also complete an MLMS profile and execute the FF-SHOP Agreement, and are strongly encouraged to complete the associated training and exams. To begin this process, agents and brokers must log in to the CMS Enterprise Portal at https://portal.cms.gov with their existing credentials.
For plan year 2018, agents and brokers can complete the CMS-developed training on the MLMS or through a CMS-approved vendor. Agents and brokers will access both the CMS-developed training and CMS-approved vendor training via the CMS Enterprise Portal. For more information, click here.
Alert: CMS 2018 CMS Marketplace Update for Agents and Brokers Now Available - September 13, 2017
Check out the information our Division of Consumer Services has on its website at: http://www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Division/Consumers/HealthReform.htm.
Please click here to view a current list of registered navigators.