The law's Republican opponents, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have recently warned of lax security in relaying personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and income statements, as people sign up under what many call "Obamacare."
Attorneys general in 13 states sent a letter to Sebelius last month questioning whether there will be enough protection of consumer data in the program, and Republicans from around the country have questioned the system's security and privacy safeguards.
The White House meeting, which will be followed by events later in the week at the Justice Department and at the Health and Human Services Department, is designed to reassure Americans that their personal information will be safe and to publicize ways to report criminal activity.
White House officials plan to unveil a toll-free telephone number (800-318-2596, TTY 855-889-4325) that will connect consumers to a federal call center for reporting fraud or attempted identity theft under the new healthcare law. They also plan to promote several other initiatives, including a new computer system that will verify Americans' identities to prevent taxpayer-funded subsidies from going to criminals.
On Oct. 1, millions of people without access to job-based healthcare will be able to enroll online through new state insurance markets for coverage effective at the start of next year.
Adding millions more people to the healthcare system is bound to create new opportunities for identity thieves and scam artists. In Chicago, one advocate said that legitimate door-to-door outreach to inform people about the Affordable Care Act may open up opportunities for swindlers.
"I don't know how we're going to distinguish between legitimate outreach and scams," said Erin Weir of AgeOptions, suburban Cook County's lead agency on aging. "I am being told that legitimate people will have IDs and badges. But a savvy scam artist could mimic something like that."
Federal health officials say they've worked with personal information in the Medicare and Medicaid programs for decades and note the new technology infrastructure was designed to meet federal and healthcare industry standards for data security.