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Obamacare Navigators Caught In Debate Over Data Security

As Republican congressmen demand more safeguards to ensure thieves don't impersonate government-funded navigators to steal consumer information, the Obama administration plans a high-level effort to reassure people that their data are safe. 

The Wall Street Journal: Health-Law Navigators Blasted In Republican Report
More safeguards are needed to ensure thieves don't impersonate government-funded "navigators" and nab financial details from people trying to sign up for health insurance, according to a report from Republican House investigators. The report raised concerns that official navigators, who get federal funding under the 2010 health law, won't have government IDs or other documentation to prove they are authorized to help enroll people for health insurance (Schatz, 9/18).

The Associated Press: White House Pushing Health Care Security Measures
Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez and other federal and state officials are set to meet Wednesday at the White House to discuss security measures designed to keep scammers and identity thieves from taking advantage of what could be millions of Americans attempting to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act starting in October (9/18).

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