Black: Anthem Data Breach Highlights Healthcare.gov Privacy Risks

Press release from U.S. Rep. Diane Black; R-Tenn. 06; February 5, 2015:

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee and nurse for more than 40 years, released the below statement on the Anthem Inc. data breach, which has been called “the largest health care breach to date.”

“While the Anthem Inc. data breach is deeply concerning, I am pleased that the company immediately reported the breach to authorities and informed their customers as required by law. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration continues to play by a different set of rules than those they impose on the private sector. Today, if your healthcare information is compromised under Healthcare.gov, the government is under no obligation to inform you. This comes on top of the news that Healthcare.gov was hacked last year and that the Obama Administration has been sharing users’ personal data with third party vendors. That is why I recently introduced the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015, legislation to bring basic diligence to the Obamacare exchanges by requiring the government to notify users if their information is breached when using Healthcare.gov,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black added, “The Anthem data breach should be a teachable moment for the Obama Administration. We all know of the privacy risks that occur in today’s information age but the American people expect their government to mitigate those risks, not make them worse. If the Obama Administration has any regard at all for Americans’ privacy and data security, they will work with me to advance this critical right-to-know legislation.”

Background:
In addition to authoring the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015,Congressman Black recently led a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demanding information on the Obama Administration’s practice of sharing consumers’ private information through Healthcare.gov. You can read a copy of the letter here.