Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators

Jul 7, 2014

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new federally run website.

The Democratic governor cited drafting errors in the bill while announcing the veto Monday.

As passed by the Republican-led Legislature, the bill would have required criminal background checks for people seeking state licenses to work as health insurance navigators. Applicants with past convictions involving fraud or dishonesty would have been barred from the jobs.

Nixon had signed a bill last year requiring state licensure for health insurance guides. But a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in January, saying that it was pre-empted by federal law. Missouri is one of several states that have tried to impose more stringent requirements on insurance navigators.