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CMS responds to data breach affecting 75,000 in federal ACA portal

October 22, 2018 / Susan Morse

The files of an estimated 75,000 individuals were accessed in a breach of Healthcare.gov for Affordable Care Act enrollment, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS said it detected anomalous activity in the federally facilitated exchanges or direct enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. The direct enrollment pathway, launched in 2013, allows agents and brokers to assist consumers with applications for coverage. While 75,000 represents a small fraction of consumer records, any breach of the system is unacceptable, CMS said.