Skip to comments.Obama Administration Bashes Florida for Blocking Health Insurance Navigators
Posted on 09/13/2013 6:44:01 AM PDT by 11th_VA
Florida was strongly criticized by the federal government on Thursday for barring outreach workers, known as navigators, from county health departments when they start enrolling people next month for insurance under President Barack Obamas healthcare reform law.
This is another blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, said U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokesman Fabien Levy.
He was referring to a directive from the Florida Department of Health, issued to local health department directors across the state earlier this week. Navigators will not conduct activities on the grounds of the health departments, it said.
The directive comes against the backdrop of an aggressive effort by Florida Governor Rick Scott and other Republican leaders in the state to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is popularly known as Obamacare.
Republicans say the healthcare law will hurt job creation, while supporters view it as a landmark initiative that will extend health insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
The enrollment stakes are huge in Florida, where the U.S. Census Bureau says there are about 3.8 million people without health insurance. That amounts to roughly a quarter of Floridas population, giving it the third-highest rate in the country.
In a statement clarifying the navigators directive on Wednesday, the state health department said the counselors trained to help people sign up for health insurance have been barred, at least in part, in the interest of consumer protection.
This (Navigator) program has raised privacy concerns due to the consumer information that will be gathered for use in a federal database, the statement said.
Similar concerns have been raised by Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, amid allegations that navigators might steal personal information, but they have been rejected out of hand by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, a Florida Democrat, said hampering the work of navigators was a plain absurdity in a harshly worded letter she fired off to Scott on Thursday.
The continued obstruction by you and many state leaders of the Affordable Care Act is contrary to the best interests of the citizens and businesses of Florida, Castor said.
To deny access to Navigators to health departments is another obstructionist measure that elevates ideology over the interests of Floridians who simply need to see a doctor or nurse and take personal responsibility through enrolling in affordable insurance, she said.
U.S. Health and Human Services Department officials say the Florida restrictions will not impede the program. Despite the states attempts, we are confident that Navigators will still be able to help Floridians enroll in quality, affordable health coverage when open enrollment begins on October 1, Levy said.
I couldn't agree more...
“Navigators” merely are intrusive fed agents undermining state and personal rights. Most probably couldn’t navigate their way out of a paper bag. Just what are the qualifications for a “navigator”...that you love nobama and the DIMs??????
Bettin the majority of the “3.8 million” without insurance [sniffsniff] are illegals anyway...
Not that it matters to DC...
In particular, the questionnaire should ask if the tax-funded "Navigator" program intends to transfer personal/ financial/medical data of the insured to the local/county/national Democrat Party, relevant Unions, banks, investment companies, drug companies, insurance companies. Trial Lawyers' associations and whether "Navigators" have sub rosa contracts with these, and other groups, to provide significant info to enrich databases for pecuniary purposes.
REFERENCE A West Virginia nonprofit has turned down a federal grant it received to help residents navigate new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act after it received an inquiry from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey about how it would protect consumer information. Clarksburg-based West Virginia Parent Training Inc. did not respond to a letter it received from Morrisey directing it to answer 26 questions about the group's personnel and hiring practices, including employee background checks and employee monitoring programs, the Sunday Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/17M1QVe) reported. (Excerpt) Read more at sanluisobispo.com ...
PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL HAVE ACCESS TO SS#, TAX, MEDICAL INFORMATION
Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8/23/2013 | William Bigelow / FR Posted by markomalley
EXCERPT Planned Parenthood is about to obtain access to your Social Security number, tax form, bank account, and medical records.
With the advent of ObamaCare, consumers buying health insurance through health care exchanges will be required to speak to navigators. Navigators are supposed to help consumers find the best coverage and ascertain whether they are eligible for a federal subsidy.
Any navigator will have access to the federal data hub, which holds information from the Department of Health and Human Services, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Defense Department, the Office of Personnel Management, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Peace Corps.
Planned Parenthood received $655,000 from the Obama administration to hire navigators. In Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland received $214,427; in Montana, Intermountain Planned Parenthood, Inc. got $295,604; and in New Hampshire, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England raked in $145,161.
And there is not much scrutiny over who these navigators will be; HHS will not require background checks or fingerprinting, and a previous criminal conviction, even if it was for identity theft , will not trigger a rejection. To make matters worse, the administration has cut the new employees training from 30 hours to 20 and reduced screening.
Excellent move. Fundamentally, this just bars Federal agents from invading local county offices where they have no business operating and no legal authority to operate. Let the Feds rent their own office space, get their own telephone systems, and get their own support staff.
Obama and Holder are publicly speaking about their plan of the week that are just more smokescreen distractions to divert attention away from the incompetent manner Obama has handled his day job.
The best indicator of a PHONY ADMINISTRATION is the number of its REAL SCANDALS.
Commie Tyrant Obamas current talking points are thus smokescreen distractions for the products of Obamas first 4 years in office:
* Refusal to close US Southern Border to Mexican illegal alien invaders
* No known un-forged records of Place of Birth
* No known un-forged records of University grades
* Benghazi Massacre
* Dereliction of Duty as CIC during Benghazi Massacre
* Cover up of Benghazi Massacre
* Destruction of Seal Team Six
* Cover up of Fast and Furious murder of US Border Agent by Exec. Order
* IRS-Obamacare Commune Death Grip on Wealth and Health
* NSA-Gestapo Death Grip on all citizens communications
* Use of Courts against News Media
* Use of Supreme Court to install Un-Constitutional Obamacare Tax
* Destruction of the US Coal Industry
* Refusal to permit XL Pipeline construction
* Trillion Dollar a year Federal Overspending
* Monthly violations of the US Constitution by Obama
* Use of Exec. Orders to bypass Congress.
REPLACE sniveling coward Speaker Boehner with a FIGHTER!
It is time to IMPEACH oppressive Tyrant B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro.
can the south please break away from the north east and DC
Sign & Endorse it NOW!!! Yesterday, over 80,000 Americans signed the Lee/Cruz petition to defund Obamacare!!! Let’s make 100,000 TODAY!!!
STAY OUT THE NAVIGATORS...!
You watch. If there is ever another hurricane ...they’ll never see another dime of Federal funds for help. Like they did to Texas and Arizona. Vindictive little bat turds.
I can’t wait for some of these wankers to show up on my doorstep. They will be treated to a close-up view of the moon.
Just what are the qualifications for a navigator...that you love nobama and the DIMs??????
Experience with ACORN will be a prerequisite.
how about mandatory license requirement for any ‘navigator’ After all, Insurance agents need these in most states. Why wouldn’t a federal employee? Understand agents have a challenge in taking a test and passing before applying for a license OR a place of employment. Heads together, think outside the box.
Media bias pits FL consumer protection against Obamacare navigators
The Second American Civil War has already begun.
The combatants are the feral Federal Government against the citizens and states.
It just hasn’t moved to the stage of large scale physical combat.
> The continued obstruction by you and many state leaders of the Affordable Care Act is contrary to the best interests of the citizens and businesses of Florida, Castor said.
“... the Affordable Care Act is contrary to the best interests of the citizens and businesses of Florida, Castor said.
That’s my thought. These navigators are more of Obama’s people, no one hired with an IQ of 75 or more.
Obamacare won’t work if navigators have to be honest. Florida isn’t saying “no navigators”, they’re applying existing consumer protection laws (navigators can’t be running scams, getting kickbacks, stealing data, lying, etc). We probably don’t need to worry about someone with 20 whole hours of training but better to be safe :)
Obama should probably be happy since it’s less likely that scammers will take money to sign people up for bogus plans or for plans that don’t cover what is promised. Just think if 1000s of people start showing up to the hospital/doctor in 2014 and finding out they don’t get what they were promised from obamacare.
At its heart, the Obamacare program is nothing more than a thinly disguised wealth redistribution plan.
The “navigator” program is just another form of federal government welfare for members of loyal democrat victim groups.
Ability to read, write, speak English and understand Obamacare will be secondary to being a loyal democrat.
Also, the same people who worried that government spies were perusing our library records, seem not to be concerned that Obamavolk from off the street will have access to other people’s most private information.
How many new ‘voters’ and IRS scammers will get their start from info gleaned by these ‘navigators?’
This is really bad. No one's information is safe. Even if you don't go to see one of these navigators, your information is available in the Data Hub. What's to prevent a "navigator" from cruising around the Data Hub looking for high-net-worth targets to steal identity information from, either for direct use or resale?
The navigators come from “community based organizations”, meaning these are 0bama’s sons and daughters, sisters and brothers...
Heath insurance navigators draw state scrutiny
So, his Civilian Corps are called “Navigators.”
Good to know the Leftspeak.
Prez 0 wants to navigate in to every aspect of your personal life...etc, etc.
But, as usual, nothing but crickets. All we get from our side is....It's the law! Take your medicine!
I’m glad some states are requiring further testing to qualify as a navigator.
Too many states are rolling over like whipped dogs.
Instead of aligning with Az and TX they are just following the dictates of DC.
And that has to stop. Once enough of them tell DC to bugger off, then perhaps we can return to constitutional government.
But I think its going to have to get hot before the point is taken.
There is another thread here about how West Virginia is only going to have ONE insurance company participating in their exchange.
How many navigators do you think will be hired regardless?
eat your peas! drink your water!