Star Tribune / Associated Press, May 16, 2014
Despite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted Thursday to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance guides under President Barack Obama's health care law. A bill given final approval by the Republican-led Legislature would require criminal background checks for people applying for state licenses to help consumers sign up for health insurance through a federally run website. Anyone with past convictions involving fraud or dishonesty would be barred from the jobs. Several other states also have enacted or are pursuing more stringent requirements on so-called navigators and counselors for the health insurance exchanges.