Two state representatives who are running for Congress want an audit of one facet of the Affordable Care Act. State Reps. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) want the Illinois Department of Insurance to audit the allocation of $36 million for 1,200 “navigators” to help people find insurance.
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Bost says he’s not trying to be an obstructionist. “It’s (for) accountability as it’s going on. Nothing in this resolution says stop continuing implementing the federal act,” he says. “Nothing in this says we stop teaching people through these navigators on how to be involved and how to sign up. We want a line-item-by-line-item detail, so we know where this is going.”
Specific problems have not come up in Illinois. “As we’ve seen around the country, there (have) been some abuses,” says Senger. “California is an example where 40 navigators had felony records.” Bost and Senger are Republicans trying to oust incumbent U.S. Reps. William L. Enyart (D-Belleville) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville), respectively.
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