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Texas AG Seeks Assurances Over Navigator Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 16, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a statement to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concerns about the Affordable Care Act’s impending “navigator” program, reports Glen Rose Reporter. “Over the next few weeks, the Obama administration plans to dole out millions of taxpayer dollars to so-called ‘navigators’ who will be paid to help Americans navigate the Obamacare behemoth. Because these navigators will be granted substantial access to Americans’ personal information—including their Social Security numbers and tax information—I am deeply concerned about privacy and the security of this very sensitive information,” Abbott wrote, adding that DHHS’s privacy rules lack clarity.
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