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House Passes Bill To Address Possible Health Website Data Breach

GOP senator sues over Obamacare coverage for members of Congress CST, January 10, 2014 WASHINGTON The House on Friday passed legislation that would require the Obama administration to notify individuals whose personal information may be compromised in the event of a data breach. After taking multiple votes in 2013 to curtail or repeal the Affordable Care Act, the latest proposal was a far more modest offering by the Republican majority. It drew 67 Democratic votes, one of the highest to date for a Republican-backed bill about more help Obamacare. Republicans said the legislation was necessary because of security concerns raised during the rocky rollout of the online exchanges in the fall, though there is no evidence of widespread problems full article with data security. Bill sponsors also cited the recent breach of consumers data at Target stores, and security firms warnings that the healthcare industry is particularly susceptible. Those who chose to go on the website of a retailer in the private sector do so at their choice, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said during a brief floor debate. But he noted that the new health law is requiring many Americans who do not receive insurance through their employers to obtain coverage through the troubled exchanges. Democratic leaders encouraged members to oppose the bill, which they said represented the 47th vote by House Republicans to repeal or undermine the presidents health law.
More: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-house-passes-bill-to-address-possible-health-website-data-breach-20140110,0,5624811.story

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