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Feds move to prevent fraud, privacy violations on health exchanges
Modern Healthcare

At the White House on Wednesday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez launched an interagency effort to prevent and detect consumer fraud and privacy violations on the health insurance exchanges that are scheduled to open for business Oct. 1. Although the initiative was described as a planned part of the rollout rather than a response to political opponents, the administration will have to counter a perception fanned by Republicans that consumers will be putting their health and financial information at risk when they engage with the insurance marketplaces and the federally funded “navigators” that help them enroll in coverage beginning Oct. 1.