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Attorneys general raise ACA security concerns, ask for delay in implementation

September 18, 2013 12:41 pm by

Wilson, speaking for several state attorneys general at a U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday, said those concerns include the data hub that will connect various federal agencies as well as the local groups tasked with helping people sign up for health insurance starting Oct. 1.

Wilson asked Congress to “suspend implementation of the Affordable Care Act until security risks are mitigated; privacy protections are provided; and legally mandated deadlines are properly met.” Wilson’s points reiterated those he and 12 other Republican state attorneys general made a month ago in a letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

S.C. state Sen. Brad Hutto, a Democrat, provided a different viewpoint. “What we’re looking for is solutions, not road blocks,” Hutto said.

State officials from Kansas, Louisiana and Florida also spoke at the hearing.

The data hub, which will share insurance policy purchasers’ personal identification information with seven federal agencies, recently passed federal security standards, but Wilson said it hasn’t been tested or audited. He pointed out that personal information similar to what will be in the insurance data has been stolen in recent years from the Veterans’ Administration and from the S.C. Department of Revenue.

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