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MNsure officials try to calm security concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials with Minnesota's soon-to-launch health insurance exchange are trying to calm concerns about the security of private information of people who enroll in MNsure.

A legislative panel that oversees MNsure met Tuesday. Lawmakers questioned whether a recent security breach involving personal information of about 1,500 insurance agents showed the new agency is not prepared to handle personal data of its users.

But Chris Buse, the state's chief information security officer, described MNsure's data privacy measures as "state of the art." He says they can be compared to the best models now in use by Minnesota government.

The MNsure website opens for enrollment on Oct. 1. It's Minnesota's primary consumer vehicle for delivering federal health insurance changes meant to lower the number of uninsured people around the country.

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