Distribute Private Information
For those attempting to use the Obamacare healthcare exchanges in various states the information keeps getting worse and worse with some states performing credit checks to determine an applicant's rate, while another has said the information collected could be turned over to law enforcement and auditors.
The healthcare exchanges, which are a key component of President Obama's signature healthcare law, have been plagued with problems since it first opened up last week. The issue should come as no surprise to the administration as they had received warnings from IT people for months that the systems would not be ready.
At first glance the policy contains many standard statements about information being automatically collected by Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary cookies used by the site as well as website accessibility. While these statements are nothing new to those who have used similar types of sites in the past, there are at least two conditions that have caused some to raise eyebrows.
The policy states for those who are able to successfully navigate through the application process all the way to the end that all information to help in applying for coverage and even to make a payment will be kept strictly confidential, which again is typical, but it then goes on to list a very important exception.
"[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities," the statement says.
The site does not specify what it means by "appropriate authorities" and whether it applies to state officials or if it could include the federal government as well. There was also no clarification on the types of law enforcement and/or audit activities that would justify the release of the personal information or who has the authority to make such determination.
Another area can of concern is its policy regarding e-mail communications sent with questions about the website or an individual's coverage. The statement on e-mail coverage says that any e-mails sent could become a public record and that an individual making a public records request could be able to retrieve the contents of the person's e-mail.
When one considers that these types of e-mails could contain private medical information as well as personal financial information and other sensitive issues, by allowing for the possibility the information be made public, users could be prevented from being as forthcoming with information as they might otherwise be.
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