Nov 7, 2013 1:02 AM by Kirsten Boyd
Mark Udall urged the president Wednesday to take several common-sense steps to better implement the Affordable Care Act. Udall pressed the Administration to extend the enrollment period nationally due to problems with HealthCare.gov - the subject of a letter Udall and a coalition of lawmakers recently sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Udall also pushed the Administration to ensure that the HealthCare.Gov website can keep consumers' personal information secure and urged the Administration to make website modifications based on the successful rollout of the Connect for Health Colorado exchange.
"The rollout of HealthCare.gov has not been smooth - to say the least - and I shared the concerns of Coloradans directly with the president. Consumers should have the time they need to shop for a plan and enroll after the widespread problems with the website are fixed. I urged the president again to extend the enrollment period to give consumers enough time to make an informed decision about their family's health insurance options," Udall said. "I also told the president that, for the Affordable Care Act to succeed, consumers need to be confident their personal information is secure. We need to do everything in our power to protect the online marketplace from hackers and cyberattacks."
Udall sent two letters today to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner raising concerns with HealthCare.gov based on feedback he has received from Coloradans. In the first letter Udall pressed the federal government to ensure it is fully protecting Americans' personal information from cyberattacks and hackers. In the second letter, Udall urged the agency to adopt some of the functions of Colorado's more successful online health care marketplace.
"As you continue to work to address the serious technological problems affecting the new federally-administered health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, I strongly urge you to dedicate every resource necessary to ensure the privacy of all Americans' personal information," Udall wrote in his letter.
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