Congressional health insurance service hit by data breach

A health insurance marketplace that provides coverage for members of the US Congress and congressional staffers was found to be compromised on Wednesday, according to a letter apparently sent from House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine L. Szpindor to members of that chamber.

Szpindor’s office would not directly confirm or deny the authenticity of the letter, which was first published on Twitter by a reporter for the right-wing Daily Caller news site. However, a spokesperson for the CAO’s office did confirm the data breach and pledged to communicate updates from law enforcement to affected legislators and staff.

Another spokesperson, for DC Health Link, also confirmed that personal information for “some DC Health Link customers” was exposed on a public forum, and added that an investigation is underway. “Concurrently, we are taking action to ensure the security and privacy of our users’ personal information,” DC Health Link said in a statement. “In addition, and out of an abundance caution, we will also provide credit monitoring services for all of our customers.”

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