Healthcare.gov Account Information Stored On Vulnerable Database, Audit Finds
The flaws uncovered by auditors are now fixed but included critical issues of security policy, such as not encrypting user sessions. Millions of insurance customers' data is stored on the $110-million system known as MIDAS. In other health law news, a new study shows that Americans' top concern when shopping for health coverage is the monthly premium they will pay.
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Audit Finds Slipshod Cybersecurity At Healthcare.gov
The government stored sensitive personal information on millions of health insurance customers in a computer system with basic security flaws, according to an official audit that uncovered slipshod practices. The Obama administration said it acted quickly to fix all the problems identified by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office. But the episode raises questions about the government's ability to protect a vast new database at a time when cyberattacks are becoming bolder. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 9/24)
Monthly Cost Is Top Concern For Health Insurance Shoppers: Survey
Americans, long used to seeking bargains, look mostly at price when they're shopping for health insurance, a new survey shows. More than half of those who looked but didn't buy anything on the new Obamacare exchanges said they couldn't find a plan they could afford, the survey found. And two-thirds who switched coverage said price was the main factor. (Fox, 9/25)