The personal information of approximately 75,000 people was breached last month after a government run healthcare sign-up system was hacked. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the news on Friday, Oct. 19 just a few weeks before the Affordable Care Act exchange opens up for open enrollment.
CMS administrator Seema Verma assured individuals that the open enrollment period will not be “negatively impacted.” Jonathan Monroe, spokesman for CMS stated the hack did not affect the HealthCare.gov site used by the general public, but concerned an insurance agent and broker portal, according to Fox News.
The portal allows agents and brokers to directly enroll members; federal authorities are conducting an investigation. While, 75,000 accounts for a tiny share in this year’s 8.7 million sign-up sheet, enrollees are required to input sensitive information such as social security number and immigration status.
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