MNSure SSN exposure the first Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) Breach?
MNSure is a new online health insurance exchange for Minnesotans to window shop for health insurance options.. It is the conduit for implementing the new federal Affordable Care Act and is expected to go live on October 1st. On Thursday, September 12th, 2400 insurance agents’ SSNs, names, and addresses along with other data was emailed in a file to an insurnace broker, Jim Koester’s office.
A MNsure security manager called the broker, Jim Koester, and walked him and his assistant through a process of deleting the file from their computer hard drives.
Koester said he willingly complied, but was unnerved.
“The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,” he said. “What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?”
While MNsure officials said the mistake was quickly resolved and was the first security breach, the incident highlights concerns of those who have hounded the state for years about privacy issues surrounding the online-based health insurance exchanges.
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