Security Concerns With Affordable Care Act

6:42 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Some privacy concerns are being raised about the Affordable Health Care Act as many of its provisions are about to take effect.

The law calls for "navigators" to be in place to help you learn your options, but you'll also be giving them personal information.

"Consumers are preyed on in many, many ways," said Henri Baskins, a coordinating member of the Health Insurance Education Cooperative, a Midlands group formed with two other non-profit organizations.

The HIEC was formed to train "navigators" mandated under the Affordable Care Act. They will be training 40 such individuals, Baskins said.

"A venture like this, you need to make sure they can trust the individuals they're talking to," Baskins said.

About 4.8 million people live in the state of South Carolina, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Everyone will be eligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

"And that's why the training is so intense, because they have to understand the law," Baskins said.

"After they complete the training, and we make a tentative job offer, they know upfront that with that job offer comes a background check," said Baskins.

The HIEC says you'll find their navigators at places like churches and libraries, but not many other places.

"We won't be calling you on the phone," said Baskins. "We won't be in individual's homes. We won't be going door-to-door."

Baskins said they will also be making themselves easily identifiable with badges and cards.

"They can use our hotline number that we will post, and call and say 'I was talking to this individual with this number,'" Baskins said.

You will also be inputting any personal information into the navigators' system yourself, meaning you won't have to tell anyone your Social Security number or other important details. 

News19 will have a special phone bank set up from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on September 30 to help answer your questions.

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