Saturday, September 14, 2013

Obamacare Security Breach

Much has been made, at least in some circles, of the vulnerability of your personal information
that will be filtered through the #Obamacare #datahub.

For the most part, the lame stream media has ignored this topic and when they have mentioned it they simply parrot what DC says indicating there is nothing to fear.

Security watchdogs know that hacking is a potential threat but most data breaches come from within, not outside the firewall.

That being said, the first known problem in the Obamacare #exchange has already been reported.
Two reviews are planned of MNsure, the state's new online health insurance exchange, after an employee accidentally distributed confidential information about more than 2,400 insurance agents.
A legislative panel and the legislative auditor said Friday they want more information about the breach. MNsure officials acknowledged mishandling private information. They said the employee sent an email to the office of an Apple Valley insurance broker on Thursday afternoon that contained Social Security numbers, names, business addresses and other identifying information.
"Only" 2400 insurance agents.
No big deal, right?
If you buy from the Minnesota health insurance exchange, or any other exchange, how can you be 100% this won't happen to you?
Users of the exchanges will have to provide sensitive information, including Social Security numbers. The information will be sent to a federal hub to verify such things as citizenship and household income. The privacy of confidential data has been a long-time concern for some skeptics of the exchange.
"The people who believe in this are so driven that there's a sub-context of, `Just let us do our job and get as many people signed up as possible, and we'll pick up the debris later,'?" said Steve Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor who specializes in information technology related to the health industry.
Yes, the push is to sign as many up as quickly as possible. Get more people dependent on the government for free money.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention another option for purchasing your new Obamacare health insurance plan, and it does not involve the data hub or navigators who have had 3 days of training..

Buy OFF exchange through a licensed insurance professional.
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