A government system Healthcare.gov used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breach in a late Friday announcement:
Earlier this week, CMS staff detected anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges, or FFE’s Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. The Direct Enrollment pathway, first launched in 2013, allows agents and brokers to assist consumers with applications for coverage in the FFE.
At this time, we believe that approximately 75,000 individuals’ files were accessed. While this is a small fraction of consumer records present on the FFE, any breach of our system is unacceptable.