Broward County pushing back against navigator ban
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Broward County mayor is pushing back against the state's decision to ban navigators from county health departments.
Mayor Kristin Jacobs will argue during a Tuesday news conference that the state can't bar navigators from county-owned health department buildings. The heavily Democratic commission passed the resolution with an 8-1 vote Tuesday. Pinellas County officials recently made a similar argument.
Navigators are getting caught in the political crosshairs of the Affordable Care Act. Counselors are trained to walk people through the intricacies of the law and help sort through health plans offered through the new state exchange.
State officials ordered county health departments to ban navigators from conducting outreach on their property.
An estimated 3.5 million Floridians lack insurance - one of the highest rates in the country.
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