On Friday Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House to pass H.R. 3811 – The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act. By a total of 291-122, the House voted to require the Department of Health and Human Services to share any health exchange security breaches with the victims whose personal information is compromised. This warning allows victims to react and to stem any damages that follow the information theft.
“Warning the American people when their personal information is compromised on the government’s watch is a real no-brainer,” said Rep. Lummis. “Private businesses are already required to inform their customers when information is compromised. If anything, the federal government should be more willing to tell the victims whose information is hacked through the exchange websites, not less. President Obama has promised the most transparent government in history but opposes telling victims whose information has been compromised.”