Spokeswoman says health website is secure

WASHINGTON (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says people who use the HeathCare.gov website to register for health insurance exchanges can be confident that their information is "protected by stringent security standards."

Concerns about security on the website are reflected in a government memo showing that administration officials were worried that a lack of testing posed a potentially "high" security risk. It was granted a temporary security certificate so it could operate.

Republican congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a hearing today that the department was putting at risk the personal financial information of every user. Sebelius responded that the system is secure.

She also apologized today for the problems that have been plaguing the website, telling Americans, "You deserve better."

Sebelius told lawmakers that she's the one who should be held responsible for the problems. But she says the situation is improving every day.

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