Scott takes case against navigators to Congressby John Kennedy | September 16th, 2013
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged congressional leaders Monday to review federal privacy rules as “navigators” fan out across the state to educate consumers about new health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.
Scott, who fought the federal law even before it cleared Congress in 2010, acknowledged in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the measure is “now the law of the land.”
But Scott said “we are increasingly concerned about how the implementation of the law will affect Floridians.”
“I respectfully request you take immediate action by whatever means available to thoroughly review what privacy rules and safeguards are in place to protect Americans’ personal information, both when they consult with “navigators” and when their information is entered into the federal data hub,” Scott said in his letter.
Scott and other opponents of the law have repeatedly questioned whether navigators will know enough to direct people toward the appropriate insurance coverage and whether they can be trusted with the personal data shared by consumers seeking help.
Federal health and human services officials have said background checks are being conducted on workers hired as navigators and they also must agree to follow ethics policies.