Minn. Legislative Auditor: Exchanges Moving Too Fast
Minnesota’s legislative auditor warned that the state’s launch of its health-care exchange is being rushed to meet the October 1 deadline. This comes days after a security breach at the exchange known as MNsure, that resulted in the release of thousands of Social Security numbers.
“If we’re rushing to meet a preannounced deadline to go live, and we are not adequately testing and securing, that’s a real concern,” legislative auditor James Nobles told local television station KSTP. “When we take people’s private information and we do not adequately protect it, that is real harm to the state and to the people’s private data that was inappropriately exposed.”
Nobles admitted that he “really didn’t think we would be looking into MNsure this soon” but that the recent security breach means the exchange rollout should be postponed until the proper measures can be implemented. The only way the October 1 deadline could be pushed back would be if Minnesota appealed to the federal government, but KSTP reports it is unlikely the federal government would grant Minnesota permission for a delay.