Calif. Obamacare Navigators Get $58 for Each Enrollee

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 09:29 PM

By Cathy Burke

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An official with California's healthcare exchange program blurted out Friday that Obamacare enrollment navigators get $58 for every person they successfully enroll.

Dana Howard, deputy director of the state exchange, made the surprising revelation while being quizzed by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about the steps California is taking to ensure that information Obamacare enrollees provide to navigators is secure.

A clip of the interview was first posted on  Mediaite.com.

When the host asked Howard how many navigators there were in California and what they were paid, he replied that there were slightly fewer than 1,500 and that they weren't paid directly by the state.

He then revealed that the navigators are "paid $58 per successful enrollment."

"There’s a bounty on enrollment?" Hewitt asked.

"There is not a bounty on enrollment," Howard said. "The enrollment entities are paid $58 per successful enrollment."

"When did that policy get adopted?" Hewitt asked.

"That has always been," Howard replied.

He could not say whether other states had similar policies.

The navigators have come under withering scrutiny from conservative videographer James O'Keefe’s "Project Veritas."

His group most recently released a video accusing the director of Enroll America of conspiring to release private data for political purposes, The Blaze reported.

The group's first undercover video focused on government workers advising clients to lie, ignore procedures, and evade legal requirements when signing up for Obamacare.

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