Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Hackers breach US HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75000 people

Miami Florida. The open enrollment period to sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act started today and runs until Dec Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, nab data on 75,000 people
Celia Hoffman | 22 October, 2018, 20:33

The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enrol customers.

A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

The agency first noticed problems October 13 in the online enrollment portal available to agents and brokers. The statement detailed that the agent and broker accounts that were associated with the hack were "deactivated, and - out of an abundance of caution - the Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers was disabled".

According to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the online pathway for agents and brokers into the federal insurance exchange was shut down earlier this week, though officials hope to reopen it a few days before the November 1 start of the six-week enrollment period.

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"I want to make clear to the public that HealthCare.gov and the Marketplace Call Center are still available, and open enrollment will not be negatively impacted", CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the statement. The breach was detected Thursday and federal authorities are conducting an investigation.

Consumers who apply for health insurance through the website have to put down personal information such as income, Social Security numbers, and citizenship status.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal "Obamacare" but failed. In the meantime, his administration has made efforts to weaken parts of the law.

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