"It really struck me, people who are opposed to the Affordable Act want to throw as much spaghetti against the wall as they can to see what sticks," Bryant said. "Those are pretty serious allegations, and I think they were designed to discourage people from signing up.
Lorraine Ryan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said navigators would receive 20 to 30 hours of online training, which will include "strict security and privacy standards" among other topics.
Ryan said any navigators found guilty of violating patients' privacy could be terminated and sued for up to $25,000 per violation.
But in their letter, Morrisey and the other attorneys general suggested the online training is not extensive enough, and asked if HHS planned to levy other penalties against fraudulent navigators besides civil fines.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week two groups — Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC and West Virginia Parent Training and Information Inc.— will be responsible for hiring navigators in the state.
The navigators will be paid using federal grant funds. Advanced Patient Advocacy, which also will hire navigators in Florida, Kansas, Virginia and West Virginia, received $276,000 to pay its employees.
West Virginia Parent Training and Information received about $366,000 to pay for its navigators.