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Criminals Working for Health Care Websites

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 03:36 PM CST

Residents in California's Kern County are growing concerned after learning background checks of some enrollment counselors for "Covered California" were found to be littered with criminal histories with convictions including fraud and forgery.

Our News Correspondent Anthony Bailey looked into the issue and spoke with representatives from  "Covered California" about why it's allowed.

We've heard from viewers expressing frustration with the rollout of obamacare.
Now more concerns with the news that some Covered California counselors have criminal pasts.

Covered California does administer background checks, but admits to hiring enrollment counselors and healthcare navigators who have been convicted of crimes.

There were a wide range of charges some of the most shocking include forgery , burglary  and welfare fraud. These counselors have access to enrollees' social security numbers, drivers licenses, immigration forms and other sensitive information.

Robert Montgomery, a Bakersfield resident says, "I wouldn't want them signing me up because i don't think they should be there."

According to reports, there are 3,729 enrollment counselors that were screened. Of those, 31 had criminal convictions which equates to less than 1% of workers.

There have been no complaints against them were confident they have moved on from the mistakes they made in the past. Mistakes that Larry Hicks with Covered California says in large part have been unrelated to current task.

"Some of the offenses did not relate to the job they will be doing  for us," he says.
Spokeswoman Carla Saporta who works for the advocacy group The Greenling Institute says that these workers have earned a second chance.

She says, "They made a mistake 10 to 20 years ago and have demonstrated they are exemplary citizens." Saporta went on to say that there are circumstances where it's appropriate for a second chance. "What we want is for people to be treated fairly and to know what there rights are." But some say even one criminal conviction is too many

Trent Jones told us what he thinks,"The possibilities of fraud and sending the stuff to other people taking advantage of it themselves  there is just no way. We have already had problems with somebody trying to get into our credit cards and stuff."

Some California residents couldn't believe the federal and state government would allow people with criminal pasts to have access to personal information.

Betty Jones says, "I can't believe such little thought was given to the welfare of the public." For now it's access the law allows, Under federal law we can not unilaterally reject them from employment  for that only

Criminals Working for Health Care Websites

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