D.C. Health Exchange Needs Broker Identity Theft Posse

Allison Bell reports:

The builders of the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange system once wondered whether agents and brokers would have a role in the health insurance market.

Now, the managers of the ACA public exchange for the District of Columbia are turning to brokers to help persuade more users to protect themselves against the effects of a recent data breach.

The breach, which was discovered March 6 and announced March 8, exposed the personal information of about 56,415 exchange users, including 17 members of Congress. Data thieves posted at least two batches of data, including the Social Security numbers and email addresses of at least some users, on identity information markets.

Well, they weren’t  exactly “data thieves,” because the data was a leak and not a hack, as DataBreaches was the first to report on March 14. The government has now confirmed that it was a human error misconfiguration that exposed the data.

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