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Orlando's Local 6 News reported earlier this week that under the new Health Care law, users' credit scores affected the amount they will have to pay for their premiums. The worse your credit score is, the more you will be required to pay.
However, representatives from HealthCare.gov told Raw Story that these claims were simply not true. Louis Bolden from Local 6 reported this story, at the end of his report warning his viewers that there were other reasons to be concerned about the new law.
“I understand that one of the concerns is actually about credit scores, people are being asked to show their credit score when signing up.” Bolden continued, “That’s right, Lisa, it is asking you to show your credit score — it is required. And we were told if you have a low credit score, it could effect what you pay for premiums.” He then said in a follow-up report: “It’s like buying a house or a car. Your credit score and other factors can determine your interest rate. In this case, it can determine how much you pay in premiums.”
A commenter on DailyKos who said they were trained as an Affordable Healthcare Act "Navigator" denied these claims, saying “I have spent the last week training to be a navigator here in Illinois. NO WHERE in all of those 7 days of training was a credit score mentioned in any way shape or form. The whole point is to get uninsured people onto a health care plan of some kind. If people have bad credit or no job at all, our job is to find them an avenue to health care.”
A representative from HealthCare.gov said they only used credit checks to verify identities and were in no way used for determining premiums.
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