Cause for concern? Obamacare law doesn’t screen possible felons

Posted by Kristina Taylor
December 31, 2013

Cause for concern? Obamacare law doesn’t screen possible felons

Two lawmakers are questioning why persons who assist with signing individuals up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act are not required to undergo criminal background checks.

The  congressmen – Pete Sessions R-TX, and Darrell Issa R-CA – wrote an oped for the Dallas Morning News expressing concern that “navigators” authorized under the ACA to be entrusted with sensitive and personal information could actually be convicted felons because there is no system in place for screening.

Sessions is concerned that that an oversight in the in 2010 ACA led to the law not requiring criminal background checks for navigators. These persons are charged with handling social security numbers and personal financial information, which could lead to identity theft and fraud if left in the wrong hands.

The only stipulation in the law is that navigators shall not work for any health insurance provider or receive any kickbacks from insurers for enrollees.

What do you think? Should there be a federal requirement for all navigators to undergo criminal background checks?

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