Florida Gov. Rick Scott raises privacy concerns about healthcare navigator program

Published On: Aug 19 2013 03:10:14 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 03:17:11 PM EDT
MIAMI -

Gov. Rick Scott is joining Republicans leaders around the country in questioning privacy issues surrounding the navigators hired to walk people through their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

Scott said there are serious, unanswered questions and that he planned to discuss the issue with his cabinet at a meeting in Miami on Tuesday.

Federal health officials said applicant information is not stored in a database, but is transferred instantaneously through a secure hub. For example, IRS officials won't have access to health information or information about an applicant's immigration status.

Navigators will be subject to federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy or fraud laws.

Attorney General Pam Bondi is among attorneys general in 13 states questioning whether there will be enough protection of consumer data in the program.

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