Dr. Bucshon calls for Healthcare.gov security solutions, more data




(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, participated in a Congressional hearing and voted to pass legislation aimed at providing his constituents with vital information regarding the federal healthcare website, Healthcare.gov.

“This federal healthcare website was developed at a huge expense to taxpayers, yet the Administration has taken the opportunity to withhold pertinent website information at every turn,” said Bucshon. “In order for us to effectively address concerns related to the Affordable Care Act, federal and state officials as well as the American people deserve to know this basic information. I’m happy we have addressed this issue with H.R. 3362.”

The legislation, the Exchange Information Disclosure Act (H.R. 3362), passed the House by a vote of 259 to 154, requires the Administration to provide weekly reporting on critical information related to the Healthcare.gov website. This information includes everything from enrollment data, security issues, technical complications, and demographic data and will be made public to state governors, state insurance commissioners, and taxpayers.

Healthcare.gov is one of the largest collections of personal information ever assembled, linking social security numbers, birth dates, and tax and other financial information of its users. One of the most discussed complications with the site has been information security and the vulnerability of this information to be accessed by identity thieves.

Bucshon participated in a hearing, Healthcare.gov: Consequences of Stolen Identity, which included an expert panel of witnesses with a wide array of experience in information security who made the case that the website is unsecure, consumer data is at risk, and the Administration should be held responsible to provide solutions that guarantee taxpayer security.

During his testimony, Bucshon told the panel, “This is about confidence the American people have in their government and whether or not their government is doing everything they can to protect their privacy. It’s not about healthcare.” Bucshon went on to say, “I was a medical doctor before and when you throw in the healthcare part of it, it becomes very personal for people. I think all of us in hearings like this and across government – in the Administration, in both political parties, need to recognize the fact that we need to do whatever we can to regain the confidence of the American people that we are protecting their personal information as best we can.”

Watch Bucshon’s full statement here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8xaFNFtk1k.


The Hearing

More information on the hearing held today by the House Science Committee on the possibility of identity theft on Healthcare.gov can be found here –http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/2014%2001%2016%20Healthcare.gov%20Charter.pdf.

The Bill

Why is H.R. 3362 important? 

Since the flawed roll out of www.HealthCare.gov, the Administration has been averse to revealing reliable information as it relates to website or the implementation of Obamacare. For example, it took the Administration until November 13th to release any type of enrollment statics. Even then, the Administration announced only that 106,185 individuals had selected plans and that an additional 975,407 individuals had made it through the process of applying and receiving an eligibility determination.  On December 11, 2013, the Administration announced that 258,497 individuals selected a plan.  On each occasion, the Administration has failed to break down the information – such as information identifying who is actually is enrolling, who has actually paid the first month’s premium, who is enrolling in Medicaid.  Moreover, to date, states have received little information from the Administration on the residents being covered, including those who are sick, healthy, young, old, or Medicaid-eligible.

A summary of H.R. 3362:

H.R. 3362, the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress, and to make available to state governors, state insurance commissioners, and taxpayers, weekly reports that describe the consumer interactions with healthcare.gov or any subsequent website established by the federal government for enrollment in a qualified health plan (QHP) or receipt of premium tax credit.

The report is to include the following:

1. A state-by-state breakdown of:

  • The number of unique website visits
  • The number of web chat logins
  • The number of individuals who create an account
  • The number of individuals who enrolled in a QHP or Medicaid, including a breakdown of those individuals enrolled in Medicaid and whether the individual was previously eligible or who became eligible under Obamacare
  • The number of individuals who have effectuated enrollment in a QHP through payment of the first monthly premium
  • The age of individuals who have effectuate enrollment in a QHP through payment of the first monthly premium
  • The number of enrollees in each zip code
  • The level of coverage obtained

2. A detailed description of the problems identified with website functionality, actions taken to address these problems, identity of the contractors involved in remedying these issues, how these actions are being paid for, and the federal officials overseeing the effort.

3. A description of separate problems with the website, including

  • Logging in
  • Enrolling
  • Transferring to state Medicaid programs
  • Calculating advance premium tax credits or cost sharing reductions
  • Determining eligibility for QHPs, tax credits/cost sharing reductions, Medicaid, or CHIP
  • Verifying income or identity
  • Transferring information to health insurance issuers
  • Consumer privacy and data security

In addition, H.R. 3362 requires the Secretary, within five days of enactment, to make available to the individuals identified above a list of all navigators and certified application counselors who have been trained and certified by the exchanges. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary, within five days of enactment, to make available on healthcare.gov, or subsequent federally run website to help individuals obtain insurance, a list of all licensed agents and brokers


  1. Lots of hoosiers have been kept from health care services because of petty politics from that piece of trash Mike Pence.

    • Larry has been an obstruction to healthcare. Mainly because his company will lose money. It would be nice to have a real representative for the 8th district one of these days.

  2. ” I think all of us need to recognize the fact that we need to do whatever we can to regain the confidence of the American people that we are protecting their personal information as best we can.” – Larry Bucshon

    Then why in the Hell did you vote to allow employers access to employees’ social network passwords as a requirement of potential employment?


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