Minnesota Officials Launch Investigation into MNsure Data Breach

Minnesota officials have begun an investigation into a data breach at MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange, according to a Minnesota Public Radio report.

The breach occurred when an MNsure employee accidentally sent 2,400 insurance agents' information to another broker, according to the report.

Governor Mark Dayton downplayed the incident as a simple case of human error, and not as evidence the exchange is not secure. "There are going to be mistakes, there are going to be glitches and there's going to be human error, as there is in any enterprise — particularly one like this that's just getting underway," Gov. Dayton said in a Pioneer Press report. "The breach of privacy was a serious violation ... and they'll learn from that."

However, the breach has promoted Republican lawmakers in the state to ramp up criticism of the exchange, sending a letter to the MNsure Oversight Committee, asking for a public hearing on the issue. A hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 24.

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