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White House officials say Health-care ‘data hub’ is ready

Obama administration officials said Tuesday that they have finished a major piece of the technology that will help millions of Americans sign up for insurance this fall.

Federal health officials said they have completed the “data hub,” a complex system that will verify people’s Social Security numbers, immigration status and other information when they log on to government Web sites to buy health plans and apply for government subsidies.

“After over two years of work, [the hub] is built and ready for operation, and we have completed security testing and certification to operate,” said Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States. “This is an important step in being ready for open enrollment on Oct. 1.”

Officials described the data hub as a network of secure servers that route information. It will connect databases maintained by several federal agencies — including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security — with other databases maintained in the states.
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