Article says 38 Obamacare navigators in NM appeared on FBI database
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By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – An investigation by the , one of the leading conservative media outlets in the country, reports that one in seven navigators in New Mexico hired to help consumers work their way through the appeared on the database.
But an official with the state’s Affordable Care Act Implementation Projects emphasizes that while a person’s name may turn up on the FBI database, it does not mean they pose any risk to consumers and says the navigators have been properly vetted.
, 38 New Mexico health-care guides or certified application counselors received their certification to deal with consumers working their way through what’s colloquially called “Obamacare,” even though their names matched the FBI database. The National Review’s inspection could not determine how many of the 38 navigators had actually been convicted of a crime.
“We’ve been very careful not to provide licensure to anyone we thought was a risk,” Aaron Ezekiel of the said to the National Review.
Among the charges that popped up on the FBI criminal database were eight domestic violence charges, four drug charges, two larceny charges, one petty theft charge, one shoplifting charge and two child abuse charges.
According to the FBI, the database can include arrest records and criminal cases that were dismissed or led to an acquittal.
The article quotes spokeswoman Deborah Hammer saying that the charges associated with the 38 navigators have all been adjudicated and their respective employers have performed background checks.
“We definitely believe in second chances, and people have a right to be gainfully employed,” Hammer told the National Review.
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Tags: Aaron Ezekiel, FBI, National Crime Information Center, National Review, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, NMHIX, Obamacare