The U.S. House has passed a bill that would require the federal government to notify health care enrollees should their personal information be stolen or unlawfully accessed though a government run exchange.
The bill was co-sponsored by Oregon Republican Greg Walden. It was opposed by the White House and some top Democrats. They say it’s unnecessary and designed to suppress enrollment.
Still, 67 Democrats broke ranks to support the bill, including Oregon’s Peter Defazio and Kurt Schrader.
Schrader says while there haven’t been any wide-scale security breaches of healthcare.gov, his support was dictated by common sense.
“Because the real world is that that can and probably will occur with any database, said Schrader.
“We’ve seen that around the world and various databases in the country. And I think Americans, and Oregonians in particular, are big on transparency and what to know what the deal is,” he said.
The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide individuals with notification of a breach within two business days of its discovery. The bill now heads to the Senate.