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Dallas Morning News: Abbott: Health law navigators pose “serious threat” to privacy

Abbott: Health law navigators pose “serious threat” to privacy

Updated at 11:10 a.m.: U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, has released a letter to Gov. Rick Perry that he authored last Friday and that the 23 other Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation signed. It sings from the same hymn book as Abbott and Perry. It says Texas must act to make sure “federal healthcare exchange navigators are properly vetted, trained and state-certified.” However, Weber & Co. depart from Abbott in one regard: They are still saying “amen” to Perry’s call for a rule making navigators submit to the insurance department the names of people they sign up for insurance through the exchange, and locations at which sign ups occur. Under federal regulations, that’s a no-no. Abbott’s silent on the matter. Note: We’ve also corrected the acronym for an older federal law, HIPAA.