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December 3rd, 2013
05:51 PM ET

What did the White House know before HealthCare.gov went live?

(CNN) - Ahead of the HealthCare.gov launch, contractors were concerned that the "Hub" was storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or people's private health information, according to e-mails obtained by CNN.

The administration says all of that was worked out, and the website complies with federal security standards.

"There's no PII on the federal data hub," said White House deputy senior adviser David Simas. "The federal data hub is basically a conduit that's used basically to determine eligibility, and basically see what kind of subsidies and other information are available to consumers."

"I can say very, very directly there's no PII on the federal data hub. Period," Simas added.
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