The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 20, 2013

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Health care navigators are back on the agenda with a hearing Friday morning in Austin on new rules being formulated by the state's insurance department.

Those rules, which were proposed earlier this month, go beyond federal training and certification requirements. They specify that navigators "undergo criminal background checks, comply with additional privacy training, and provide proof of identity and documentation that they complied with education requirements," as the Texas Tribune's Becca Aaronson wrote at the time.

Gov. Rick Perry had directed Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber in September to formulate the new rules to address what ...

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