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Republicans Question Privacy Protections In Health Law’s Navigator Program

Nine GOP senators said that a proposed rule on navigators, who are supposed to help consumers buy coverage through online health insurance marketplaces, does not include enough safeguards. 

The Hill: GOP: Felons Could Be 'Navigators' Under ObamaCare
A program designed to help people enroll in ObamaCare could accept convicted felons as "navigators" and give them access to confidential health information, GOP lawmakers charged Thursday. Republican senators redoubled their attacks on the "navigator" program in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, arguing the effort is dangerous to consumers and a waste of taxpayer money (Viebeck, 6/20).

CQ HealthBeat: Republicans Question Privacy Protection In Health Care Law's Navigator Program
Nine GOP senators on Thursday questioned how the Obama administration plans to protect consumers' privacy in programs meant to help individuals enroll in the new health insurance exchanges. The Republicans said that a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule on the programs does not include adequate safeguards and could put consumers at risk for identity theft or other crimes (Ethridge, 6/20).

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