Ross Introduces Bill to Fix the Safety Concerns with Obamacare’s “Navigator” Program
H.R. 3299 Prohibits Access to Consumers’ Personal Information Without Consent and Ensures that Obamacare “Navigators” Undergo Background Checks
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) introduced the Security Before Access Act (H.R. 3299). This legislation will address the inherent inadequacies in the structure, security, and integrity of the “Navigator” program created under the Affordable Care Act.
The original purpose of the “Navigator” program is to help consumers understand their health insurance coverage options and assist with enrollment. The people who are serving as Navigators for consumers have unsupervised access to consumers’ personal information (such as name, address, financial statements, tax returns, social security numbers, etc.) and in many cases haven’t been screened for prior criminal history.
H.R. 3299, the Security Before Access Act, would create licensing requirements for individuals seeking to become Navigators, including background checks. This bill will also allow consumers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate for insurance coverage until Congress has been assured that the “Navigator” program is secure and has fully-implemented security protocols in place.
“Ever since Obamacare was first implemented, there have been serious problems,” said Ross. “Since the president won’t eliminate his signature bill, we need to address some of its most glaring safety issues. There have been reports from across the country that some of the people helping consumers enroll in the Affordable Health Care Act have outstanding warrants for their arrest. There is a lack of security surrounding people’s personal information in the Affordable Care Act which could lead to identity theft of grand proportions. My bill will keep people’s personal information personal and will provide oversight for one security aspect of this problem-prone legislation that is Obamacare.”