Users of HealthCare.gov are being asked to change their passwords due to the federal exchange’s potential vulnerability to the Heartbleed security flaw, and the warning is troubling, analysts say, as medical information is hotter than ever for criminals looking to make a quick profit.
The federal insurance exchange site posted a warning on Saturday alerting users of the potential compromise. Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson, told FOXBusiness.com the administration is continuing to monitor and take precautions to protect consumer data.
Healthcare.gov does not store medical records or payment information.
“And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know, I’m sure it’s hundreds of thousands, if not more, and it was done within about a 4 minute timeframe. So, it’s just wide open.”
“You can literally just open up your browser, go to this, and extract all this information without actually having to hack the website itself,” he said.
Bottom line: If you are not eligible for a subsidy, you should strongly consider purchasing “off the exchange”. If you are eligible for a subsidy, you must purchase “on the exchange”. If you can afford it, my recommendation is to reconcile the totaly subsidy on your 2014 tax rerturn. By doing that, you don’t have to reveal all the detailed infromation that Medicaid wants. The downside is you will not be advanced the subsidy.