Disaster waiting to happen
Deemed “a privacy disaster waiting to happen,” a letter from a coalition of state attorney generals throughout the United States are challenging Obamacare’s latest attempts to bypass state laws.
“Over the next few weeks, the Obama administration plans to dole out millions of taxpayer dollars to so-called ‘navigators’ who will be paid to help Americans navigate the Obamacare behemoth,” Abbott said in a statement released Wednesday.
“Because these navigators will be granted substantial access to Americans’ personal information – including their Social Security numbers and tax information – I am deeply concerned about privacy and the security of this very sensitive information,” Abbott continued.
Abbott is on record informing these navigators that Texas identity theft prevention statues will be enforced.
Lack of clarity
“To make matters worse, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ privacy rules that will govern these navigators are weak, lack clarity and fail to impose the accountability necessary to protect Texans’ privacy rights,” Abbott said.
State attorneys collaborated on a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing specific apprehensions about Obamacare’s impending program.
A significant concern is the lack of protection of Texans because the screening personnel will not be required to submit to fingerprint and background checks. There is no assurance that convicted criminals or identity thieves.
Americans' private information
“HHS recently announced it may require navigators to complete only 20 hours of online courses before they start enrolling new Obamacare participants,” a release from Abbott’s office indicated. “Given the navigators’ access to Texans’ personal information, the attorneys general call upon HHS to identify the specific laws and standards that will govern the navigators’ use of Americans’ private information.”
“Calling HHS’ substandard safeguards “a privacy disaster waiting to happen,” the attorneys general express support for state-based navigator certification or licensure requirements – such as those imposed by the Texas Legislature with the enactment of SB 1795 during the 2013 legislative session.”
The letter to HHS asked how they plan “to prevent fraud and identity theft within navigator programs and whether HHS will provide help or relief to Americans who suffer identity theft or fraud due to a navigator’s misuse of individuals’ personal information.”