HealthCare.gov Data Breach Notification Bill passed by the house

January 15th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

House of Representatives lawmakers approved the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act today which would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify individuals within 48 hours of security breaches from state and federal health exchanges. It will be routed through HealthCare.gov.

President Obama was against the bill, stating “unrealistic and costly paperwork requirements” and mentioned that bill will fail to enhance security flaws. Democratic senate is likely to oppose the bill from getting a vote. Regardless of different views, Republicans believe the approval of bill is seen as public disbelief in HealthCare.gov to keep patients data safe and secure.

The final tally was 291 to 122 as 67 democrats choose to vote in favor of bill. Democrats vote may be related to reelections. With the passage of bill, republicans are continuing policy of raising concern related to HealthCare.gov site security. They have raised concerns about technical security issues due to missed security testing deadlines during the summer.

House Republicans proposed the bill to safeguard peoples interest related to information breach. Under section 1311 or 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031, 18041) which is known to have resulted in personally identifiable information of an individual being stolen or unlawfully accessed, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide notice of such breach to each such individual within two days.

CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said “To date, there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov and no person or group has maliciously accessed personally identifiable information from the site,” said last week. Many democrats believe that the Republicans are over blowing the security concerns for political gain.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee mentioned that  they believe the Republicans are just following scare tactics.

According to post, Cummings said “There have been no successful security breaches of HealthCare.gov,” and continued “Nobody’s personal information has been maliciously hacked.”

The fact that 67 democrats voted for passage of bill may be considered to have political goals but also there is chance that some of them believe that there are major security issues on HealthCare.gov.

With the steps taken by the government it is better to be sure from our end with encrypted laptop.

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