In most states there is no control over ObamaCare navigators who are the people hired to help Americans sign up for health coverage.
New legislation introduced in Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia would mandate background checks for all navigators, establishing strict guidelines for what offenses the state would consider disqualifying.
Different states classify types of navigators differently—there are “navigators,” “in-person assistors,” “certified application counselors,” and “health-care guides,” to name a few — but all have the same basic job: helping Americans sign up for health coverage.
These navigators work with vulnerable populations and have access to confidential data, including Social Security numbers, financial information, and health records. Nevertheless, the federal government does not require ObamaCare navigators to undergo background checks.
There are opportunities for felons to become navigators.
There was nothing in the hastily written health-care law that was passed by congress to do any sort of check-up on the backgrounds of these people.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress late last year that it was “possible” convicted felons could be serving as navigators.
Earlier in January, records obtained by NRO showed that in New Mexico — one of the states with the most stringent background-check requirements — one in seven certified navigators turned up in the FBI’s criminal database.