Congressional investigators recently announced that HealthCare.gov – the website used by millions of Americans to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act – had experienced over 300 cyber security incidents. These events had resulted in the release of sensitive data, including names, addresses, birth dates, financial information, and Social Security numbers.
Unfortunately, the risk is not over. Although the Government Accountability Office is attempting to make the site more secure, it reports that security flaws are likely to continue jeopardizing the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of HealthCare.gov. State-run health insurance sites are not faring much better, as the report also found “significant weaknesses” in the sites operated by 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
These findings were published on CNBC on March 23, 2016.