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Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’

Posted By admin On October 8, 2013 @ 5:12 pm In Featured Stories,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

JERYL BIER
Weekly Standard [1]
October 8, 2013

Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website’s privacy policy [2], a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.

The policy contains many standard statements about information automatically collected regarding Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary “cookies” used by the site, and website accessibility.  However, at least two conditions may give some users pause before proceeding.

The first is regarding personal information submitted with an application for those users who follow through on the sign up process all the way to the end.  The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace.  There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”  Here is the entire paragraph from the policy the includes the exception [emphasis added]:

Should you decide to apply for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection, the information you supply in your application will be used to determine whether you are eligible for health and dental coverage offered through Maryland Health Connection and for insurance affordability programs. It also may be used to assist you in making a payment for the insurance plan you select, and for related automated reminders or other activities permitted by law.  We will preserve the privacy of personal records and protect confidential or privileged information in full accordance with federal and State law. We will not sell your information to others.  Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.

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[1] Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-marketplace-personal-data-can-be-used-law-enforcement-and-audit-activities_762237.html

[2] privacy policy: http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/internet-policies-fraud

[3] Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamacare-will-share-personal-health-info-with-federal-state-agencies.html

[4] Prepare for zero privacy: NSA spying is nothing compared to upcoming Obamacare data collection efforts: http://www.prisonplanet.com/prepare-for-zero-privacy-nsa-spying-is-nothing-compared-to-upcoming-obamacare-data-collection-efforts.html

[5] ADL Calls For “Major Law Enforcement Operation” To Deal With Obamacare Critics: http://www.prisonplanet.com/adl-calls-for-major-law-enforcement-operation-to-deal-with-obamacare-critics.html

[6] Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions under Obamacare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/maryland-becomes-second-state-to-offer-federally-funded-abortions-under-obamacare.html

[7] Obamacare exempts millions–prisoners, illegals, welfare recipients: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamacare-exempts-millions-prisoners-illegals-welfare-recipients.html

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