An ObamaCare program that advises consumers on their new health insurance options is sparking fights across the country from critics who say it puts consumers at risk of fraud.

Eighteen states have enacted or are considering legislation to apply tougher requirements to “navigators,” the people and organizations who will help patients shop for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces.

Republicans in Congress have also taken up the charge, arguing that the navigator program could admit felons or allow the theft of consumers’ personal information.

The Obama administration argues that navigators are an essential part of unbiased consumer outreach under healthcare reform.

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