January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Lance Original Cosponsor of Measure To Protect Personal Information
LANCE: “With a high profile data breach recently affecting millions of holiday shoppers, this issue is clearly timely and urgent for the security of countless of Americans.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) today hailed House passage of H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act. Lance, a member of the House Health Subcommittee, backed the measure that requires the federal government notify enrollees in the federal health care exchanges if their personal information has been breached.
“Today’s vote was a step towards transparency and security. Consumers enrolling in ObamaCare have the right to know their personal information is secure and they need confidence in the federal government’s ability to safeguard the personal and financial records of millions of Americans.
“Our legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify individuals if their personal information has been stolen or unlawfully accessed. It is critical that this notification be required by law, not simply be an option for a Washington official.
“With a high profile data breach recently affecting millions of holiday shoppers, this issue is clearly timely and urgent for the security of countless of Americans.”
The measure now heads to the United States Senate. Passage also comes on the heels of recent reports suggesting the federal government is unprepared to protect such information.