Georgia lawmaker warns of 'Obamacare' navigator fraud potential

By Walter C. Jones

ATLANTA — The chairman of a Senate committee examining fraud warned Wednesday that “Obamacare” navigators or people posing as them could make Georgians vulnerable to identity theft.

Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, met with reporters before holding a hearing on fraud risks. He said he has heard reports that 200,000 people’s personal information was accidentally released in the first day of the Obamacare exchanges and that safeguards are not in place to screen the criminal backgrounds of legitimate navigators.

He warned against giving personal information to someone calling or visiting door-to-door claiming to be a navigator. Navigators are the people with state and federal training about private and public health insurance plans.

Although he opposes Obamacare, he said, he isn’t trying to alarm people to thwart its success.

“My motive is grave concern for all Georgians,” he said. “... We’re not here to pick on the federal exchanges.”

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