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Request for Navigator Info an Impediment

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2013

Huh?

Finally, the committee wants to see all the documentation related to the navigator grant application itself.

"This would include, but is not limited to, materials your organization submitted in order to obtain the grant, materials provided to your organization upon obtaining the grant, and communications between your organization and representatives from HHS, CMS, CCIIO or any other federal or state entity. This request also includes, but is not limited to, any documents provided by (or communications with), representatives from HHS, CMS, CCIIO, Enroll America, or any other entity including federal or state governments discussing individuals to target or solicit for enrollment under the PPACA including discussions or documents related to geographic area."

Enroll America? That is the 501(c)(3) organization behind the "Get America Covered" campaign, which is funneling tens of millions of dollars into an education and HIX enrollment effort directed at the uninsured. The group has ties to the White House and is unpopular, to say the least, in Republican circles.

The letter also includes a four-page description of how the information requested should be transmitted to the E&C committee, including numbering folders and boxes and providing a written certification that all the related documents have been shared with the committee.

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2 comments on "Request for Navigator Info an Impediment"


Steve Sisko (9/5/2013 at 2:45 PM)
I'm not supportive of GOP efforts to repeal the ACA. I think the law's fate will evolve accordingly based on its true value and "popular opinion" over the next couple years. Based on polls, all the delays, changes and waivers already made and current, real world experience getting these exchanges off the ground, I don't think the GOP needs to get involved with trying to alter anything; change is apparently happening without any help needed from the GOP. But I'm totally supportive of the GOP effort to understand the role and boundaries of Navigators. I think most people believe that fFundraising, voter registration efforts, and or campaign activities should NOT be part of the ACA. If this need for clarity is 'political posturing," then the author is wrong that those on both sides of the PPACA are "tired of this political posturing." I'm not.

Mickey Duke (9/4/2013 at 2:00 PM)
Don't be so politically naive as to think that the role of navigators is to simplistically 'help' would-be insureds, and that there will not be any 'problems ' arising from inexperienced and (likely woefully) under-trainer so-called navigators. I'm sorry, but this aspect of the in-Affordable Care Act is quite problematic.