Florida bans Obamacare navigators from county health departments

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The state of Florida issued a directive late Monday prohibiting the so-called Obamacare navigators from working on the premises of county health departments.

Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to Florida’s 60 local health department directors, according to the Miami Herald.

Although Grigg didn’t comment, agency spokeswoman Ashley Carr said the order’s purpose was to promote “clarity” and “a consistent message” across the agency.

“Navigators are not acting on behalf of the Department of Health and this program has raised privacy concerns due to the consumer information that will be gathered for use in a federal database,” Carr said in a statement.

At least one person was elated. Heather Ann Searfoss tweeted:

 

Health and Human Services Department spokesman Fabien Levy blasted the directive, calling it “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, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years.”

The Affordable Care Act navigator program has been heavily criticized by conservatives for its excessive costs, paltry attempts at vetting and inadequate training of the program’s applicants.

But states like Florida, with laws in place to ensure certain restrictions are placed on navigators, are heavily criticized by liberals for  attempting to ‘block’ or ‘hinder’ Obamacare enrollment.

Without such restrictions, navigators will be privy to our most personal medical and financial information because in an effort to save time in rolling out the program, the Obama administration will not require navigators to undergo any background checks, Investors.com reported.

The Investors.com article also noted that all the navigators will have assistants, who won’t be vetted or properly trained either, yet they’ll be privy to the same personal information.

Each navigator and assistant will be paid $20 to $48 an hour, according to The Washington Post.

The training, vetting and privacy concerns were aired at a Cabinet meeting in August attended by Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty.

“It remains to be seen whether the information that people will provide to give navigators assistance is safe,” the Miami Herald reported McCarty as saying. “The information given by applicants will be shared by the Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service.”

Coverage under the Affordable Care Act is scheduled go into effect Jan 1.

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315 thoughts on “Florida bans Obamacare navigators from county health departments

  1. Contrarymary says:

    Gullible gullible people! Did you know that any state that refuses to abide and provide this enacted law, will be in jeopardy of having all federal monies taken away? Hmmmm I wonder……do you see the bigger picture? Probably not, many are too narrow minded.

  2. Igor Shafarevich says:

    Hussein Obama preaches the dramatic raising of electricity prices to attack the financial situation of the middle class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4&feature=youtu.be&t=30s

  3. kennyddd says:

    You little hate filled hypocrites. Millions are dying without healthcare and all you can do is put your hate for Obama at all costs before whats good and fair for your fellow Americans. You so called prolifers would rather condem millions to death maybe even some of your own relatives rather then grow up. You little baby bullys let the rest suffer because you didn’t get your way WAW you should riot in hell. You distort reality and the truth. You believe anything your fellow hatfilled hypocrites tell you to justify your baby hate grow the freak up Its the law now so grow uyp you lil babys. You know extreme haters said the same thing about medicare and S S if your so scared and self righteous about socialism then prove it give them up in the mean time shut up and live with it and be happy some of your FELLOW AMERICANS wont die assholes

    1. joe says:

      you still mad bro?

    2. R.W. Lyndhart says:

      Millions? Really? If this ain’t projecting, then I don’t know what is.

      The millions dying are unborn, living, baby humans. >906,000! Just. This. Week. And Obamacare will pay for millions more, by mandate.

      Don’t presume to lecture us on saving lives, hockey puck.

      1. kennyddd says:

        When you pray to jesus do you ask him how you can go out of your way to try and deny health care to your fellow man? Jesus please help us help so many die. Do you say please jesus make sure our gov takes away the food stamps so the hungry cant eat?? Is that how you word your desire? Help us lord help us so the billionare corperations can get away without paying taxes because it will stimulate growth while they make billions more Please jesus do not let our gov try and help the workers get better pay from our billionares. oh lord please hear my prayers In Jesus name Amen Christian?? What a crock

        1. R.W. Lyndhart says:

          I’m flattered that you want to know so much about me.

          >921,000… That’s 15,000 more.

          Tick, tock.

    3. Lexikin says:

      “you should riot in hell”

      That’s what we’ve been doing since 2009. 🙂

  4. Mike Young says:

    I wish the Illinois Health Departments showed the same amount of guts and courage.

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