Rep. Kelly Votes to Protect Americans’ Personal Information from Obamacare Breaches

WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify individuals, within two business days, of any breach of personal information through state or federal exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The legislation was passed today by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 291-122, including 67 Democrats.

“From cancelled plans to higher premiums to ruined patient-doctor relationships, Obamacare is proving to be a national disaster for American health care. On top of it all, the law’s official website is under-secure and is leaving users in Pennsylvania and across the nation extremely vulnerable to having their most personal information exposed and stolen. With today’s legislation, the HHS Secretary would be forced by law to quickly notify Americans if any of their personal information is affected by an outside breach of Obamacare’s state or federal exchanges.

“While I continue to work with my colleagues to end Obamacare’s damage and replace the law with a patient-centered alternative, the least the Senate and White House can do is support this commonsense bill in the name of privacy and security.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is proud co-sponsor of H.R. 3121, the American Health Care Reform Act, a patient-centered alternative to Obamacare to make health care insurance more affordable and accessible to the most vulnerable Americans. Read more about the plan here.