ST. PAUL, Minn. — State officials overseeing the October launch of Minnesota's online health insurance exchange tried to allay concerns Tuesday that it could put sensitive data, including customers' Social Security numbers, at risk.
Lawmakers on a panel that oversees MNsure questioned whether a recent security breach involving personal information of about 1,500 insurance agents showed that the new agency is not yet prepared to handle personal data of the thousands of people expected to shop for insurance through its website. "A lot of people are unsure about MNsure," said state Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, who voted against the bill that created Minnesota's exchange.
But Chris Buse, the state's chief information security officer, described MNsure's data privacy measures as "state of the art."
"I believe this system, and the security model we have in place is the best in state government today," Buse said.
The MNsure website opens for enrollment on Oct. 1, with coverage taking affect as early as Jan. 1. It is Minnesota's primary consumer vehicle for delivering federal health insurance changes designed to lower the number of uninsured people around the country. By 2016, about 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to use the online marketplace to obtain their insurance.