Georgia’s federally-run online health exchange is scheduled to open at 12:01 Tuesday morning, but the state’s 2 million uninsured might need to wait for enrollment assistance.
According to Glenn Allen, a media relations representative for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, only four “healthcare navigators” have been licensed in the state. Navigators must complete 20 hours of federal training, 10 hours of state training and a fingerprint background check before they can help people sign up through the exchanges in Georgia.
Allen said as of Monday morning, an additional 16 navigators had passed the state insurance exam and 13 were scheduled to take it. Once a navigator passes the test, he or she does not receive a license in Georgia until also passing a background check.
The federal government awarded grantees in Georgia enough funding for 100 healthcare navigators.
Licensed healthcare navigators should have a certificate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as a state-issued license number and navigator identification card.