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State focusing on health care law privacy issues

By The Associated Press
Published On: Aug 28 2013 07:45:26 AM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

 The state insurance commissioner says privacy concerns are a focus during the rollout of the federal health care law.
    
The so-called insurance exchanges where the uninsured can buy private insurance partially subsidized with tax credits opens in October.
    
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen says that her office is making sure that workers who will help people enroll in health insurance follow the same privacy laws as insurance companies.
    
She says the workers all face background checks.
    
Lindeen says that any workers who fail to comply with privacy laws are subject to fines of up to $25,000.
    
She says her office has a history of protecting the privacy of personal information Montanans share with their regulated insurance companies.