[Ed. – One for the good guys.]
[National Review] filed a records request in Nevada after discovering eleven name-matches between Nevada Obamacare navigators and criminal defendants in the court database. But without more information, it was impossible to verify an identity match.
Navigators have access to confidential information about enrollees, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, and financial information. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress last year it was “possible” that felons are now working as Obamacare navigators, prompting concerns about consumer privacy and identity theft.
Nevada’s Division of Insurance was uncooperative from the start of this reporter’s inquiries. For example, public information officer Jake Sunderland told me it would be “inappropriate” to identify which statute or policy determines whether the Division of Insurance can approve the application of a navigator with a criminal history. When I pressed him on why it would be “inappropriate,” he hung up on me.
In a sworn statement, Sunderland concedes he hung up on me, though he claims I “became hostile” and “continued to be belligerent.” In fact I was simply firm in requesting an answer from a public information officer whose job is to provide information to the public.
The Nevada Division of Insurance also deployed some odd legal tactics in its attempt to keep these records from the public.