Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Joins Colleagues To Unveil Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act

Jan 6, 2014
Press Release

Commonsense Legislation Would Require HHS to Alert Individuals within 48 Hours of Security Breaches on Health Exchanges

House of Representatives Expected to Consider Bill Friday

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) joined his fellow Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee colleagues in introducing the "Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act” to require federal health care agencies to notify individuals of any breach on the health care law exchanges (both state and federal) that endangers their personal data and information.  The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure on Friday.

“The Obama Administration’s lack of transparency in implementing the President’s health care law raises serious concerns about the security of Americans’ personal health and financial information on the exchanges,”said Lance.  “All Americans have the right to know if their personal information is safe and secure under ObamaCare.”

The bill, authored by Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16), would ensure Americans receive notification from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) when their personally identifiable information has been compromised through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) state or federal exchanges.  Specifically, the bill requires HHS to notify individuals no later than two days after discovery of a breach of an exchange system. 

"Given the lack of security testing and risks associated with healthcare.gov, this measure is a reasonable step to ensure federal officials are required to notify individuals in case of a breach,” concluded Lance.

The 7th District lawmaker has long been concerned about the readiness, functionality and security of the ObamaCare health exchanges.  Last September, he authored an opinion piece on the issue:  http://lance.house.gov/opeds/delay-obamacare-until-privacy-can-be-protected/

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