COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel on Monday cleared new state rules for professionals guiding people through the insurance marketplaces created by the federal health care law, despite concerns from some consumer groups that the regulations create confusion.

The rules stem from a new state law that governs who can be a so-called insurance navigator and what duties they can perform.

Under Ohio's law, individuals or businesses can't act as navigators unless they are certified by the state and receiving federal funding. But the rules grant leeway to food banks, certain health centers, hospitals and others.

The exemption in the rules could complicate efforts by religious organizations and community groups who already assist people with government programs, such as Medicaid, said Kathleen Gmeiner, project director for Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage.

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