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Health Connect confirms security breach

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Documents released by Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson Friday indicate the state's health exchange experienced a security breach.
     
Two users managed to create identical user names, granting access to private information to the wrong eyes in mid-October. Larson says they immediately addressed the problem, but legislators say they don't understand why they didn't find out about it at a meeting earlier this month in Montpelier.

Rep. Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) asked specifically about a case involving individuals accidentally receiving access to others information. She tells WCAX-TV she remembers being told her concern was unfounded.
 
"It's a really sad day for Vermonters.  They trusted in their governor, in Commissioner Larson, when they said this was a secure site.  Now we find out it's not.  The real question is what are the other things that have happened that have been kept from Vermonters," said Darcie Johnston with the group Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.

"I know there are some who will try to make this very isolated incident seem like a broader issue but we are very confident this was  a very unique and specific incident," said Vt. Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson.

The Center for Medicare Services has closed its investigation into the matter. Nearly 6,500 users have selected a plan through the site as of Friday afternoon, and that figure spiked significantly following Thursday's large-scale fixes.

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