Haberbosch did not responded to Morrisey's letter.
The same day Morrisey sent his letter to WVPTI, he sent a Freedom of Information Act request to federal officials, asking for WVPTI's grant application and the scoring standards used to award grant money to the Clarksburg nonprofit group.
Morrisey also requested information about Richmond, Va.-based Advanced Patient Advocacy, the only other group that received federal grant money to work as a health insurance navigator in West Virginia. The Virginia firm was awarded a $276,617 to work with hospitals and help uninsured patients obtain health insurance under the ACA.
A spokesman for Advance Patient Advocacy said the company would not return its grant. The company has been helping uninsured people at hospitals sign up for health insurance for the past 13 years.
"We have confidence in our ability to complete the task at hand," said Rodney Napier, whose company received federal grants to do similar work in three other states.
Napier said Advance Patient Advocacy recently sent a letter to Morrisey, answering all of the attorney general's questions. The company already conducts employee background checks and provides extensive training -- more than what's required under the federal grant rules, he said.
"We actually already responded to all of [Morrisey's] questions and believe our response will satisfy his request," Napier said.
State navigators will provide services to people trying to decide on insurance plans through "health-care exchanges" -- online marketplaces to purchase health insurance. The exchanges will start enrolling applicants on Oct. 1.
"[They are] experts on the marketplace, on how to pick out your health care, and sort of make you relax a little bit better," Rockefeller said.
Last month, Morrisey and a dozen other state attorneys general wrote to federal health officials, alleging that rules fail to ensure navigators will receive adequate training to protect private consumer information. Morrisey also said federal rules don't make clear who's responsible if the navigators' employees steal confidential information.
Federal officials have said the employees must complete 20 hours of training and pass an exam. Insurance applicants' information won't be stored in a database, officials said.
Workers who violate an applicant's privacy or commit fraud will face federal criminal penalties. Grant recipients could be fined $25,000 for each violation.
A spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said the agency was evaluating how WVPTI's grant funds might be re-distributed.
Consumers can obtain information about the new health insurance plans at community health centers and by going online at www.healthcare.gov.
Last week, U.S. House Republicans sent letters to 51 of 104 groups that received more than $67 million in grants to serve as navigators, according to a Kaiser Health News report. The letters from the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee requested copies of all communications between navigator groups and any government agency about their grants.
The organizations said the letter has had a "chilling effect" on their ability to hire and train workers. The Obama administration called the letter a "blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate," according to the Kaiser report.
Bryant, of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, said Morrisey and other Republicans are playing politics with people's health care.
"Those who oppose the Affordable Health Care Act understand this is their last gasp," said Bryant, whose group applied for a navigator grant earlier this year but didn't make the final cut. "If enrollment goes well, it's to their detriment. It's Custer's last stand."
Staff writer David Gutman contributed to this report.
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