Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing that it’s “possible” Obamacare navigators have criminal records.
“The president’s in Dallas, Texas, touting the navigator program, which as you know, are people who are hired to help people navigate the Affordable Care Act. But I would just like to ask you this question, if you would answer it. Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive personal information from the individuals they help to sign-up up for the Affordable Care Act?” Cornyn asked.
“That is true. States could add an additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement,” Sebelius responded.
“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” he continued.
“That is possible,” Sebelius conceded.