by Aaron Martin | Ripon Advance
January 6, 2014
Amid a number of high-profile cases of data breaches, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) expressed concern on Thursday with the security of the Affordable Care Act’s online healthcare exchange.
Miller, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, noted that security concerns voiced in hearings about the website have not been addressed, and personal information could be in danger of being hacked.
“American’s demand and deserve to have greater transparency in regards to how their most personal and sensitive information is being processed, stored and secured,” Miller said. “These concerns do not waiver but only grow exponentially in regards to the new healthcare website…”
Miller said members of the House of Representatives would launch a number of initiatives intended to strengthen the website’s security and require prompt notification in the event of a security breach.
“Any delay in ensuring that the health care website has the highest security standards in place is unacceptable,” Miller said. “Americans deserve to have the confidence that their personal information is protected, and the Administration must work with the Congress to protect the American people from these threats to their personal information.”
The Department of Homeland Security, which is the agency tasked with securing federal websites, had no role in designing and implementing the healthcare exchange, Miller noted.