Republican state Rep. Matt Hudson, of Naples, also praised the measure while testifying before Congress last week.
Still, navigators will not allowed to help people on the grounds of county health departments, due partly to concerns that consumer information will be gathered for use in a federal database, Florida Department of Health spokeswoman Ashley Carr said last month. Department officials later noted that all “outside organizations” are prohibited from using health department office space and information technology systems.
Pinellas County officials objected on grounds the county owns the health buildings. Broward County may take a similar position at a County Commission meeting Tuesday, BrowardBulldog.org reported.
The privacy issue made headlines again last week, when Scott penned a letter to top congressional leaders.
“Floridians should not have to exchange their privacy for insurance,” he wrote.
A spokesman for the governor said Scott’s issues have been directed at the federal legislation, which does not include the safeguards written into Florida law.
“We had never expressed concerns with the state legislation,” spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.
A Bondi spokeswoman said her was taking an in-depth look at the Florida law.
“We will be in communication with [Chief Financial Officer] Jeff Atwater’s office and the Legislature as the Affordable Care Act and Senate Bill 1842 are implemented, especially in light of the federal government’s failure to adequately train and screen navigators and other health insurance assisters,” spokeswoman Jennifer Meale wrote in a statement.
Critics like state Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, say the fuss over privacy doesn’t make sense.
“They may have done something right in protecting Florida consumers,” Pafford said of the state’s Republican lawmakers and governor. “Now it seems that they are returning to political rhetoric.”
Herald/Times staff writer Tia Mitchell contributed to this report.