State Attorney General Alan Wilson will testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to stop implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
At the request of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Wilson and other attorneys general are sharing their criticism of the Navigators program which contracted organizations to help enroll people for health coverage.
Wilson, a critic of the new law, believes navigators may not have the proper training to work with sensitive information.
“The problem with it is that these navigators are getting federal grant money to the tune of $67 million are not getting background checks or not being adequately trained or adequately vetted, but they are going to be having access to personal information like your home address, your social security numbers and potentially your healthcare information,” Wilson told Greenwood affiliate WCRS.
Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn’s office says the navigators must be certified with 20-30 hours of training and are required to adhere to federal privacy standards. They must also continue to be trained and certified annually.
In South Carolina, the “navigators” include a federal Medicaid assistance company called DECO, The Cooperative Ministry and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning October 1, 2013, uninsured and underinsured South Carolinians can purchase health insurance policies which will start January 1, 2014.
Wilson and Republicans in Congress want to see that delayed.
“We are trying to stop this until we can actually get a grasp,” says Wilson. “They don’t get security clearances and are only required to have 20 hours of online training, yet these are people handling private information.”
Anne Eller of WCRS contributed to this report.