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Who would have thought that entering your personal medical information online and submitting it to the Feds could ever go wrong?

Who would have thought that entering your personal medical information online and submitting it to the Feds could ever go wrong?

An employee of MNsure, Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, accidentally sent an unencrypted file to a nearby insurance agent, leaving vulnerable the private information of 2,400 customers, the Daily Caller first reported.

One exchange staffer’s mistake gave insurance broker Jim Koester access to an Excel document of 2,400 Social Security numbers, names and addresses of insurance agents, the report said.

“The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,” Koester told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their date is safe?”

MNsure officials called Koester to ensure the insurance company deleted the information from its hard drives.

“The gorilla in the room is that they sent me something that’s not even encrypted. It’s unsecured, on an Excel spreadsheet,” Koester added. “They’ve got to realize they have a huge problem.”

MNsure said in a statement that the program “has a data privacy policy in place, and this employee’s action was a violation of this policy.”

Lawmakers are worried about privacy for Obamacare’s Federal Services Data Hub, “which will centralize and route private information of every Obamacare participant through an endless list of federal and state agencies and related businesses,” the Daily Caller reported.

Program “navigators,” who will only receive 20 hours of training, will also have access to consumer data.

“It takes 1,250 hours to become a barber in Pennsylvania, but to navigate insurance, these folks are going to be advising us with 20 hours?” said Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry.

One thought on “Minnesota Obamacare exchange leaks data of 2,400 customers

  1. It took me from the day when Obamacare was rolled out in October (can’t recall the exact date) until just last week to finally “enroll” in CoveredCA. And now……payment is due by 1/6/14. Have yet to receive the confirmation letter from Athem Blue Cross and seriously think I will never receive any confirmation or bill for the premium due. I expect this because there has been nothing but glitch after glitch. I suspect my enrollment application is still sitting in the “cue” on the CoveredCA site and has not be transmitted to Athem Blue Cross.

    The reps from CoveredCA are completely clueless and I don’t blame them but how come they are not licensed by the State? I am a licensed Claims Investigator by the California Department of Insurance. I had to take classes years ago, take a 3 hour test which attorneys have told me who have taken the same test is on par with the Bar exam. Why do I need to be licensed, bonded and undergo 24 hours of continuing education classes but Obamacare reps do not need such educations or licensing?

    Not to mention, this Obamacare is hardly “affordable”. I went from a policy that allowed 2 office visits per year for a co-pay of $40, prescription coverage, and a deductible of $5,000 for my husband, me and 3 of our college children. All for a monthly fee of $380.00.

    Now, $871 a month for just my husband and me. No office visits before meeting our inflated deductible of $10,000 and no prescription coverage.

    The kids had to enroll on their own policies. Did you know Obamacare discriminates? Yep that’s right. My daughter age 22 lives in Northern CA, she will pay $174.00 a month for a worthless policy. My step son, age 22 lives in Southern CA, he will pay $150 a month. Why are women paying more in premiums?????

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