Mass. Health Connector Director Called To Testify Before Congress

Jean Yang, the head of Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange, has been called to testify before a Congressional committee on Thursday, along with five other directors of state exchanges.

The Republican-controlled subcommittee is examining the security and financial stability of state health insurance websites, set up under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers have questioned the Massachusetts Health Connector’s security protocols, concerned that users of the site are at risk of identity theft.

Health Connector spokesman Jason Lefferts says security has been a top priority.

“The federal government had in place significant standards and protocols for us to meet, we met all those standards, and to this point, we haven’t had any problems with our system,” says Lefferts.

The Connector site has experienced other technical glitches, leaving many applicants with temporary health care coverage. Officials have said the Massachusetts website will be fully functional by the next open enrollment period, which begins in November.

Other testifiers include exchange leaders from California, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, and Hawaii.

State House News Service contributed to this report.