The House has passed legislation requiring HHS to notify affected individuals within two business days of any security breaches concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges.
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) introduced the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014. “With the messy rollout of HealthCare.gov, there is great risk that the website could be hacked,” Mr. Pitts said in a news release. “Identity theft is devastating to individuals and families. In the event of theft, we have to make sure that people are protected.”
Sixty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, despite warnings from party leaders the bill intends to discourage people from signing up for PPACA health plans, according to a report from The Hill. The White House has opposed the bill on the grounds the government already plans to inform people if their personal information is compromised.
Senate Democrats are unlikely to take up the bill, according to the report.