California Health Exchange Shares Patient Data Without Consent

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Al Jazeera America | Reader Supported News | December 8, 2013

Covered California shared patient contact info with insurance agents, was worried about Affordable Care Act deadline.

he California health insurance exchange has been giving the names and contact information of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to make deadlines for coverage, raising concerns about privacy, a news report said.

The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options but did not ask to be contacted, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Officials with Covered California, the exchange set up in response to the Afforable Care Act federal health law, said they began providing names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses this week in a pilot program. They said they thought it would help people meet a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan…

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