Florida AG Bondi: Obamacare Participants at Risk of Identity Theft

Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 08:50 AM

By Audrey Hudson

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Confidential information handed over to new federal employees to register people for Obamacare benefits is at risk of being used for identify theft, warns Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

That's because the government is in such a rush to hire the so-called "navigators" who will guide consumers through the complex process of registering for Obamacare that it has decided against conducting background checks or collecting fingerprints on the new hires, Fox News reports.

"And it's more than navigators. It's people that assist the navigators," Bondi said.

"Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country's most personal and private information — tax return information, Social Security information, and our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft," Bondi said.

"What if they've been convicted of committing identity theft or grand theft before?" asked Bondi. "They could potentially still become a navigator."

The Hill reports that Bondi and a dozen other Republican state attorneys general have written to Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius to state their concerns that privacy will be impacted if the hiring short-cuts proceed.

The Obama administration plans to spend $54 million to train thousands of navigators in one month's time to be ready for registering new customers on Oct. 1.

Instead of a 30-hour course, the new health insurance experts will receive 20 hours of training.

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