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April 23, 2014

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Judge orders release of info on backgrounds of health exchange navigators

CARSON CITY — A state judge has ordered the Nevada Division of Insurance to release some documents sought by two media groups involving the backgrounds of workers hired as navigators for the state health insurance exchange.

District Judge James Wilson on Thursday also ordered the state to pay costs and attorney fees, saying the division's delays in complying with the public records law amounted to stonewalling.

The records were sought by the conservative magazine National Review. The Las Vegas Review-Journal joined the lawsuit.

A lawyer for the media groups argued some navigators hired to assist consumers sign up for health insurance have criminal backgrounds and are being given access to personal information of others.

Attorneys for the division say they may seek a stay of the order while considering an appeal.

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