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Congress Questions Security Approvals of Cover Oregon Health Exchange

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PORTLAND, OR - A congressional committee is looking into whether Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange had done enough to protect applicants' personal information before trying to launch the Cover Oregon portal in October.

In a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform outlined data security concerns at state-built exchanges which connected to the federal data hub before full review and security approval. 

Oregon and five other states were questioned by the committee on Thursday. Cover Oregon says it still has not received final federal approval of its data safeguards. The exchange received preliminary approvals in September.

A security assessment in September shows part of the exchange's required security testing remained unfinished. Cover Oregon says the site has had no electronic security breaches.