Florida Bans Obamacare Navigators From County Health DepartmentsSubmitted by Barracuda_Trader on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 01:25
Excerpted from BizPac Review: 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.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.