Testing IT security for Obamacare exchanges months behind

Would you buy insurance from the online exchanges if you knew that there was a possibility your information could be hacked? That's a decision millions of Americans are going to have to make when the sites go live on October 1. Reuters: The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1 The missed deadlines have pushed the government's decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said in a report. As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed. "They've removed their margin for error," said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. "There is huge pressure to get (the exchanges) up...(Read Full Post)

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