HealthCare.gov gets relaunched but bugs still not fixed, experts say

CNN tests Healthcare.gov

In spite of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ promise that the HealthCare.gov website’s relaunch on November 30th would offer a much better experience to users, tech-security experts have claimed that some of the exchange website’s bugs haven’t been properly tackled yet.

According to Reuters, experts who testified before Congress during a hearing by the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee said that HealthCare.gov still poses threats to the personal data of Americans who sign up.

According to Morgan Wright, one of the tech-security experts that testified before Congress, the risks the website pose to citizens’ financial and Social Security data continue to be limitless. He also pointed out that a memorandum issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services was signed off on a finding that Americans’ personal data would be at risk of falling into the hands of hackers.

Despite the experts’ testimonials, White House Press Secretary stated that consumers can “trust that the information that they are providing is protected by stringent security standards” after the hearing.

A report provided by David Kennedy, a former U.S. Marine Corps cyber-intelligence analyst, highlighted the many issues with the website and that they would require the administration a minimum of seven to 12 months to make sure they are actually fixed.

The debate over the website’s bugs was intensified after a government memorandum showed that the Department of Health and Human Services was aware that the website hadn’t been tested for security reasons before being launched. The memorandum also stated that the lack of proper testing could pose a “high risk” to citizens.

In spite of the administration’s efforts to restore Americans’ trust in the HealthCare.gov website, its relaunching did not seem to have made the enrollment process any easier for anyone. At least, that’s what a CNN medical producer found out when attempting to learn more about the premiums available for him through the exchange website Sunday, a day after the official website relaunch.


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