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News Summary: White House pushing health security

Updated at: 09/18/2013 2:06 PM
By The Associated Press

THE NEWS: The Obama administration plans to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of personal information submitted under the health care law, hoping to blunt complaints that enough isn’t being done to protect consumer data.

THE DETAILS: Security measures including a dedicated federal call center and a new computer system are in the works to thwart scammers and identity thieves from preying on potentially millions of Americans enrolling for health coverage starting in October.

THE BACKGROUND: The law’s Republican opponents have warned of lax security in providing personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and income statements via online marketplaces for state insurance.

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