Planned Parenthood get $511,000 as ObamaCare navigators

Planned Parenthood will receive more than half-a-million dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds to help sign people up for ObamaCare health insurance plans during a three month period in 2014-15.

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For the second year in a row, the Department of Health and Human Services will award two Planned Parenthood chapters in Iowa and Montana federal grants to act as “navigators” for those uninsured or otherwise unable to navigate the labyrinth of new insurance regulations ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will receive an “anticipated grant” of $218,940 (slightly more than its $214,427 grant last year), while Intermountain Planned Parenthood will take in $292,459 (down slightly from $295,604 in 2013).

The inclusion of Planned Parenthood employees raises privacy concerns, as they and all ObamaCare navigators have access to a vast federal database of sensitive information, including the Social Security number, tax form, bank account, and medical records of every single American citizen. The hub links the HHS to at least seven other federal agencies and their records: the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, the Defense Department, the Veterans Health Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Peace Corps.

“In-person assisters have an impact on the lives of so many Americans,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement announcing the navigator grants.

The federal government requires no background check that would forbid a felon, even one guilty of identity theft, from acting as a navigator.

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