Covered California Hired Convicted Felons to Enroll Californians, Says They Do Not Pose Security Threat
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, announces that nearly 35,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first month of open enrollment, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Lee added that sign-ups have accelerated in November.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Covered California, the state agency responsible for handling Obamacare, hired convicted felons to enroll Californians, according to the agency.
State lawmakers are now calling for an investigation, as new information released by Covered California showed 31 people with criminal backgrounds were hired as enrollment counselors.
Their past crimes range from forgery to shoplifting, burglary, robbery and welfare fraud.
Covered California said the employees pose no threat to anyone's personal security.
Published at 1:05 PM PDT on Feb 1, 2014