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CMS increases Healthcare.gov breach total to 93,600

November 13, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

More people were impacted by last month's Heatlhcare.gov data breach than previously thought, according to an update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency reported a final total of 93,689 people whose information was compromised during an Oct. 16 data breach that targeted the Direct Enrollment pathway used by insurance agents and brokers. Initial reports estimated the breach impacted 75,000. "CMS has reached out to all affected consumers by phone and mailed notification letters to offer free credit protection and additional services to prevent and/or remediate issues arising from unauthorized use of data exposed as a result of the breach, including identity monitoring services, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services," CMS spokesperson Jonathan Monroe said in a statement.