CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's Patrick Morrisey has joined with 12 other state attorneys general to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expressing concerns about a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The attorneys general say rules for protecting consumers' personal information "lack clarity" regarding privacy protection. These issues could come to light, the lawyers-in-chief wrote, as states hire "navigators" to help residents sign up for insurance exchanges set to go live next year.
"HHS's rules fail to ensure that navigators will be adequately trained to safeguard data provided by consumers. Nor do the rules make clear who is responsible if an identity theft occurs," the attorneys general wrote.
The letter requests the Department of Health and Human Services establish a plan to secure consumer information, follow up on complaints and work with law enforcement if identity crimes occur.