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Obamacare "Navigators" Seen Gaining Access to Patients' Private Data

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TALLAHASSEE – How secure are Floridians' health and financial information in the wake of Obamacare?

That was the top concern for elected officials who met in Miami on Tuesday to discuss the seemingly lax federal oversight for the so-called Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, an initiative created to help people enroll in the new state health insurance exchange.

According to the governor, attorney general and chief financial officer, last minute rule changes made by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are putting Floridians' most personal information at risk.

Initially, navigators were limited in the scope of their work to public education, raising awareness, distributing impartial information and facilitating enrollment. Now, they will be collecting consumers' private data.