Next Story

Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

Equifax, company in data breach, holds Obamacare customer info


The historic data breach at Atlanta-based Equifax is now raising stress levels in the world of health care.

Equifax holds the federal contract to verify personal incomes for policyholders on the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

A spokeswoman for the federal government told Bloomberg News that the Obamacare data wasn’t part of the hack, though the company itself did not respond. Nearly 500,000 Georgians have policies that were bought on the exchange.

Equifax has touted its Obamacare services, including working with companies on compliance under the health care law.

“Our award-winning technology securely collects and aggregates the data necessary to manage ACA, helping employers remain compliant with complex regulations,” the company says on its website.

This summer the company lost control of the key personal data of 143 million Americans, the company recently announced, in the largest and most serious hacking data breach made public in U.S. history.


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Georgia Politics

Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits
Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits

State lawmakers thought they’d found a way to help struggling rural hospitals by offering $180 million in tax credits to Georgians willing to donate to them, but the program has gotten off to a slow start. The state allocated a third of the tax credits for this year and legislators passed a bill increasing incentives to donors, but by mid-September...
Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong
Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong

A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her name did...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years and, depending...
Graham-Cassidy obscures deadlines for other key actions on health care
Graham-Cassidy obscures deadlines for other key actions on health care

Nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars to keep Georgia hospitals’ indigent care afloat. Funding for the PeachCare program that along with Medicaid covers about half of Georgia’s kids. Clear answers on Obamacare subsidies that Blue Cross said it needed to keep selling individual plans in metro Atlanta. Those are some things that Congress...
Georgia ethics panel to begin auditing candidates in governor’s race
Georgia ethics panel to begin auditing candidates in governor’s race

After years of mainly investigating issues raised by Georgians, the state’s ethics watchdog agency plans to aggressively audit campaign filings from all the major statewide races coming up. Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the ethics commission, said that while some details still have to be worked out, the agency will be auditing the...
More Stories