Haslam: Navigator Rules Not Meant to be ‘Stumbling Block’

Following a Nashville judge’s decision yesterday to not block state rules concerning health insurance navigators and counselors, the parties now are preparing for next week’s preliminary injunction hearing. When asked about the case yesterday, Gov. Bill Haslam defended the rules saying they were approved by the legislature with wide bipartisan support and were enacted at the last minute only because of a delay in the federal guidelines. Saying he wants to see the exchanges work well, Haslam reiterated that that the rules are not “intended to be a stumbling block,” the Times Free Press reports. Meanwhile, opposition to the rules continues to grow. Yesterday, the city of Nashville filed an amicus brief supporting the suit challenging the state's position. The Tennessean has more.