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MIAMI (AP) — Counselors trained to help sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act won’t be allowed to conduct their work at county health departments across the state, according to a recent directive from the Florida Department of Health.

Local health departments can accept brochures and other outreach material about insurance under the new state exchange, but the materials will apparently only be distributed if someone asks for it. Agency officials said they sent a memo earlier this week to provide clarity for local departments around the state about the counselors, also called navigators, because the navigators aren’t acting on behalf of the state. The directive comes just weeks before the Oct. 1 launch date to start enrolling in the state exchange and political hype is ramping up on both sides of the aisle about the controversial health law.

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