WASHINGTON – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said about 75,000 people’s personal information was exposed following a hack of a computer system that works with HealthCare.gov.
The government said the hack affected people through the Direct Enrollment Pathway, a portal that allows agents and brokers to help consumers with their applications for health coverage. The suspicious activity was investigated on Oct. 13 and the breach was confirmed on Oct. 16.
Accounts exposed by the hack were deactivated, and the Direct Enrollment Pathway was disabled, according to the government.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said open enrollment will not be impacted and both Healthcare.gov and marketplace call centers are still available to customers.
They are also working to identify those who were impacted by the breach and who was responsible.