Patrick Meehan

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Bipartisan Coalition of House Members Will Reintroduce Campus Accountability and Safety Act Companion

2015/02/26

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and a bipartisan coalition of other House members will soon introduce the House companion to the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which was today unveiled by a bipartisan group of eight Senators. Maloney introduced similar legislation in the 113th Congress with a bipartisan group of 18 House members. “I am working to assemble a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to support passage of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act in the House,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY). “I am deeply disturbed by the shocking statistics and accounts of sexual violence on campuses. Surviving sexual assault shouldn’t be part of getting a college degree. Our legislation is vital to addressing the causes and outcomes of these sex crimes.” “As a prosecutor, I worked closely with the victims of sexual assault,” said Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA). “This bipartisan legislation takes prudent steps to improve protections for victims and get them the resources they need in the wake of attack. No American student should have to fear sexual assault on a college campus.” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL), Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) plan to cosponsor the measure. A full list of original cosponsors will be announced when the legislation is introduced. “I’m so encouraged this legislation will be reintroduced in the 114th Congress,” said Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) “Campus sexual assault is a serious crime affecting too many young people that must be proactively addressed. Our higher education administrators need more guidance and more access to best practices in learning how to prevent assaults, support victims and adjudicate cases in the most effective and fair manner. This legislation will help accomplish these goals.” “No student should live in fear of being the victim of sexual assault, and we must work together to protect students, empower survivors, and hold perpetrators fully accountable,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL). “I am proud to help lead this continued bipartisan effort to combat the sexual assault crisis we are grappling with on America’s college campuses. Sexual assault is a staggeringly common and underreported crime that our bill will help put an end to and ensure its survivors are not being swept under the rug.” "This bipartisan legislation aims at making our college campuses safer so that students can learn in a secure environment and parents can have peace of mind," said Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL). “I am pleased that both Republicans and Democrats have come together to re-introduce this vital legislation,” said Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).  “Last year, I had the opportunity to discuss this bill with students and faculty at the University of Kansas and listen to their concerns. There is good work being done there and across the country to address campus safety, but this bill is an opportunity to greatly improve this important effort. We will continue to work tirelessly until all college campuses are places that foster learning and not places where the safety of their students are at an increased risk.” “As a former prosecutor with two daughters in college, we need to do everything we can to stop sexual assault on college campuses,” said Congressman David Joyce (R-OH). “I’m glad to support this bill with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to ensure these crimes will be fully prosecuted and, more importantly, we can provide more tools to try and prevent them from occurring.” “No student should ever feel unsafe on his or her college campus, the place they call home for four years. We must ensure that our schools have the tools and resources they need to address and prevent the extremely disturbing prevalence of sexual assault on campus,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), who has been working with college officials, law enforcement, and students in her district to establish a plan for preventing sexual assault at colleges. I’m proud to help reintroduce this legislation, which will increase transparency at schools and help ensure action is being taken to tackle this problem head on.”  CASA takes aim at addressing sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices. The legislation this Congress incorporates feedback from a range of stakeholders and makes changes to strengthen the climate surveys, coordination with local law enforcement, rights to due process, and the role of a confidential advisor, as well as creating a new competitive grant to research best practices for improving prevention of and response to sexual assault on our nation’s campuses. Maloney has previously led efforts to address campus sexual assault. The 2013 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, sponsored by Rep. Maloney in the House, which mandated changes to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The Department of Education issued final regulation in October 2014 to fully implement the law. Read More

Bipartisan College Savings Bill Passes House

2015/02/25

Meehan: Bipartisan Vote Signals “529 Plans Ought to Be Around to Help Middle-Class for Long Time to Come”  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Pat Meehan issued the following statement after the House passed bipartisan legislation today to strengthen popular “529” college savings accounts: “The rising cost of tuition is putting college beyond the reach of too many middle-class families, and 529 plans have been an effective way for struggling families to make the dream of higher education a reality,” Meehan said. “Not only does this bipartisan legislation make important updates to the existing law, but it also reaffirms Congress’s clear intent that tax-advantaged 529 plans be around to help middle-class families for a long time to come.” 529 plans – named for Section 529 of the tax code – are tax-advantaged savings and investment accounts that have proved popular for many American families. Parents can deposit funds in 529 accounts established for their children and withdraw the savings tax-advantaged to pay for college tuition, fees, books and room-and-board. The bill the House passed today clarifies that computers are an eligible expense for 529 funds, removes outdated and unnecessary paperwork requirements, and permits the redeposit of refunds from colleges without penalty if a student withdraws from school within the first two months because of illness or other reasons. The President recently announced support for eliminating the tax-advantages of 529 plans, a move Meehan said would only add to the burdens middle-class families have in making ends meet and saving for their kids’ future. The bill passed the House by a 401-20 vote, with 161 Democrats voting to support it. Read More

Meehan: More Information-Sharing, Communication Important to Combating Cyber Threats

2015/02/10

SPRINGFIELD, PA– Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7) today issued the following statement after Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announced the formation of a new agency to combat the threat of cyberattack. Modeled on the National Counterterrorism Center formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the agency will “fuse intelligence from around the government when a crisis occurs”, the Washington Post reported. “Efforts to improve communication and information-sharing among law enforcement and our intelligence community are vital to combating the cyber threat,” said Congressman Meehan. “And I’m pleased the Administration continues to indicate that it appreciates just how serious the threat of cyberattack has become. But as always, the devil is in the details, and I’m anxious to learn more about how this agency will be developed, who will participate, and what safeguards will be put in place to protect privacy rights.” “Important progress was made with the authorization of the National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center last year,” Meehan continued. “The Administration should build on the NCCIC’s fundamental role in real-time cyber information integration and explain how the new agency will avoid overlap and redundancy.” Meehan serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and chaired the cybersecurity subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee in the 113th Congress. Meehan worked alongside Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul last year to develop and pass the first major bipartisan cybersecurity legislation signed into law in over a decade. Read More

Meehan on Purple Hearts for Ft. Hood Victims: “It Should Have Never Taken This Long”

2015/02/06

SPRINGFIELD, PA– Congressmen Pat Meehan (PA-7) today issued the following statement after the United States Army announced it will award the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Ft. Hood. Meehan has long advocated for the victims of the attack to receive the Purple Heart, writing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel last year urging the Department of Defense to recognize the attack as a terrorist attack and awarding the victims the Purple Heart. “On November 5, 2009, 36 American service members were the combat casualties of a terrorist attack by an avowed jihadist,” said Congressman Meehan. “But for more than five years, these victims were denied the recognition that has been given to American personnel killed or wounded in combat for generations.” “I’m pleased these brave soldiers will receive the award – and the benefits – they so clearly deserve. But simply put, it should have never taken this long.” The Department of Defense’s previous designation of the attack as “workplace violence” prevented the victims from receiving the Purple Heart and deprived them and their families of medical and disability benefits that come along with it. In the 113th Congress, Meehan was a cosponsor of H.R. 3111, the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act. The legislation directs the Secretary of Defense to award the Purple Heart to members of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in the attack, as well as deems the victims to have been killed or wounded in a combat zone as a result of an enemy act. Read More

Meehan: New Dredging Funds Move River Jobs Project Closer to Goal

2015/02/06

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – The Army Corps of Engineers announced this week it will spend $62.5 million to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel near Marcus Hook, Delaware County. Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7), a longtime advocate of the deepening project, issued the following statement after the Corps’ announcement: “The expansion of the Panama Canal will give newer, larger cargo ships from Asia access to ports on the eastern seaboard,” said Congressman Meehan. “If our region is going to continue to compete as a player in global trade, these ships will need to have access to our ports. This deepening project is crucial to that goal.” “Philadelphia’s seaport is an economic driver for the entire Delaware Valley, helping businesses across the region export their products to consumers overseas and import raw materials at low cost. The port is growing – cargo grew by more than 15% last year alone – and deepening the channel to 45 feet will enable the newest generation of cargo vessels to reach it.” “The Corps’ funding is an important step forward in a project that means jobs for families in Pennsylvania. I’m proud to stand with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to support it,” Meehan said. Meehan has long fought for the Delaware River deepening project, working alongside U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA), as well as Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) and others in the region’s House delegation to secure federal support . Read More

Meehan: Anthem Breach Shows “No Corner of Our Economy” Safe from Cyberattack

2015/02/05

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-7) today issued the following statement after reports of a massive data breach at Anthem, Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer. Reports indicate the personal information of upwards of 80 million customers was compromised in the breach. “It seems that every day we learn of another massive data breach,” said Congressman Meehan. “And the scale of the attacks seem to grow larger and larger. 70 million customers compromised at Target, 76 million accounts affected at JPMorgan Chase – now 80 million at one of our nation’s largest health insurers. If this breach shows us anything, it’s that no corner of our economy is safe from cybercrime.” “Initial reports indicate no medical data was compromised in this particular breach. But experts estimate that while a stolen Social Security number is worth a dollar on the black market, a full stolen medical history can be worth fifty times that. Today’s news is a fresh reminder of the need to protect all of our personal information from cyberattack and theft,” Meehan continued. “Congress must continue to work with the private sector and the administration to improve information sharing about cyber threats and strengthen our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks that could bring down vital systems like our power grids or financial networks.” Meehan, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired the cybersecurity subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 113th Congress. Under Meehan’s leadership, along with Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Congress passed the first significant cybersecurity legislation signed into law in more than a decade. Read More

Meehan, Boyle Fight Delays in Willow Grove Redevelopment

2015/01/30

In Case You Missed It... [[{"fid":"339","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"nbc10","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"nbc10"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"nbc10","title":"nbc10","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] NBC10: Meehan, Boyle Fight Stalled Redevelopment   [[{"fid":"340","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"inquirer","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"inquirer"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"inquirer","title":"inquirer","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Montco Pols Press Navy to hurry up air base review By Jessica Parks "For the past eight years, the township's redevelopment plans have been stalled by long-delayed reviews and studies," they wrote, noting that the project is estimated to bring 10,000 jobs to the area. The environmental report was originally slated to be done in early 2014, but now it has been pushed back to summer 2015. Full article here   [[{"fid":"341","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"cbs3","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"cbs3"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"cbs3","title":"cbs3","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Two Area Congressmen Press For Quicker Development of Former Willow Grove Air Base By Brad Segall Now, US Reps. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) want to know why.  The longer it takes, Boyle says, the more it adversely impacts the area. “It also costs Montgomery County and Horsham a great deal of tax revenue, because whatever ends up coming in there, that will be taxable land that can relieve the burden of all residents nearby,” he says. Full Article Here   [[{"fid":"342","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"intel","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"intel"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"intel","title":"intel","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Navy 'stalling' on Horsham base, congressmen say By Gary Weckselblatt The frustration on the part of local officials spearheading Horsham’s bid to acquire and develop 862 acres of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base has reached Washington, D.C. House members Patrick Meehan, R-7, and Brendan Boyle, D-13, expressed their concern over the lack of progress being made on a project that “will bring jobs, economic opportunity and growth to residents of our congressional districts” because of the Navy’s “stalling.” Full article here Read More

Lawmakers to Feds: Don’t Deny PA Kids Health Coverage

2015/01/29

Middle-class families face choice: buy new coverage, or pay Obamacare tax WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-7) and the entire House Republican delegation from Pennsylvania today warned that middle-class families would be harmed by the federal government’s ruling that a state children’s health program was not Obamacare-compliant. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the lawmakers objected to the agency’s determination that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance “Buy-In” Program did not provide “minimum essential coverage” for enrolled middle-class kids. Identical coverage, offered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, is recognized as “minimum essential coverage” under the Affordable Care Act. CHIP is a federal-state partnership offering health coverage at no cost for children of families with incomes at 200 percent of the federal poverty line or less. The CHIP “Buy-In” program is a state add-on available to families with incomes at 300 percent of the federal poverty line. CMS’ decision means that these families will either be forced to buy new coverage, or pay a fine for violating the ACA’s individual mandate. “We have great concern that middle-class families who have in good faith purchased health insurance for their children will unfairly be forced to find other plans or pay a tax penalty,” Meehan and his colleagues wrote. “Families who participate in the Pennsylvania CHIP Buy-In Program believe that they have CHIP coverage and understandably expect that it meets ACA standards.  When those families look to the IRS website to determine their compliance with the individual mandate, they will read that ‘the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) … qualifies as minimum essential coverage.’” “These families have done the responsible thing: they purchased high quality and comprehensive health insurance for their children. It is unfair for CMS to now tell them their coverage is not ACA-compliant…It further deprives these families of the peace of mind they had purchased the Buy-In insurance for their children in the first place.” Meehan was joined by 12 of his Pennsylvania colleagues: Reps. Joseph Pitts (PA-16), Bill Shuster (PA-09), Mike Kelly (PA-3), Glenn Thompson (PA-5), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Tom Marino (PA-10), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Keith Rothfus (PA-12), Scott Perry (PA-4) and Tim Murphy (PA-18).   The full text of the letter is below, and a signed PDF version is available here. January 29, 2015 Kevin Counihan, Director Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services United States Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201   Dear Mr. Counihan: We are writing to seek an explanation regarding the denial of Pennsylvania’s application for its Children’s Health Insurance Program Buy-In Program to qualify as minimum essential coverage. We have great concern that middle-class families who have in good faith purchased health insurance for their children will unfairly be forced to find other plans or pay a tax penalty. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in the effort to ensure low-income children have access to quality, affordable health insurance. In 1992, Pennsylvania launched one of the first children’s health insurance programs in the country and it later served as the model for the official State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal-state partnership that operates under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. Authorized by federal law but administered by states, the partnership gives state governments the flexibility they need to meet the unique needs of their residents. In Pennsylvania, CHIP is available without cost sharing for children in families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), and it is low cost to children in families between 200 and 300 percent FPL. Since 2006, families with incomes above 300 percent FPL have had the option to buy into the Pennsylvania CHIP program at the state’s negotiated rate, which averages $226 per child per month. The CHIP Buy-In Program is a state law established as part of the continuing initiative to reduce the number of uninsured children in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Insurance Department administers the CHIP and CHIP Buy-In Program together. Consistent with the federal CHIP statute, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Pennsylvania’s CHIP benefit package through state plan amendments, and it is periodically evaluated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Importantly, the benefit packages for the federal CHIP program administered in Pennsylvania and the state CHIP Buy-In Program are identical, and administering the two programs together makes operational sense. Statewide outreach and enrollment efforts use the slogan “We Cover All Kids,” and enrollment materials indicate that there is no upper-bound income limit on eligibility for CHIP, only increased cost-sharing requirements.  As you are aware, the Affordable Care Act established a new requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Per the IRS website, the individual mandate “requires you and each member of your family to have basic health insurance (also known as minimum essential coverage)” or qualify for an exemption. ACA specifically cited CHIP, however, as an example of coverage that meets minimum essential coverage standards.  In other words, families who enroll their children in CHIP have purchased ACA-compliant coverage and should not owe a penalty.  In a letter to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department dated December 11, 2014, CMS denied Pennsylvania’s application to have the CHIP Buy-In Program recognized as minimum essential coverage. Congress has consistently lauded Pennsylvania’s CHIP program and specifically recognized it as minimum essential coverage when operated under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, but CMS has now denied recognition to identical coverage offered as a matter of state law. This December 2014 action creates an important distinction between the two programs, one that parents and grandparents could not have anticipated when enrolling their children in health insurance coverage earlier that year.  Families who participate in the Pennsylvania CHIP Buy-In Program believe that they have CHIP coverage and understandably expect that it meets ACA standards.  When those families look to the IRS website to determine their compliance with the individual mandate, they will read that “the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) … qualifies as minimum essential coverage.” These families have done the responsible thing: they purchased high quality and comprehensive health insurance for their children. It is unfair for CMS to now tell them their coverage is not ACA-compliant, forcing them to find other coverage or pay ACA tax penalties to keep the CHIP Buy-In coverage they currently have. It further deprives these families of the peace of mind they had purchased the Buy-In insurance for their children in the first place. Given these considerations, we respectfully request your timely response to the following questions: For what reasons would CMS approve Pennsylvania’s CHIP benefit package when operated under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, but deny approval when the identical package is offered pursuant to state law? As families could not have known the CHIP Buy-In Program did not qualify as minimum essential coverage until December 2014, and thus cannot be considered to have acted in bad faith, what efforts will CMS and IRS make to grant those children a temporary hardship exemption?  Will those families be responsible for shared responsibility payments for months in which they had government-sponsored coverage they believed to be ACA-compliant? If CMS expects children enrolled in the CHIP Buy-In Program to transition to alternative coverage, what efforts will be made to establish a special enrollment period for current participants?  How will CMS minimize disruptions to coverage and access to care?  How do Exchange plans compare to Buy-In Program coverage with regards to affordability and network adequacy? We appreciate your prompt attention to these important questions. Read More

Meehan Bill Helps Vets Overcome Addiction, PTSD

2015/01/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today introduced the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act. The legislation provides yearly federal funding for veterans’ treatment courts. Veterans’ treatment courts help veterans coping with addiction and other mental disorders receive specialized care when accused of certain non-violent crimes. “One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will experience a stress-related mental illness, and many others will fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse,” said Congressman Meehan. “We owe it to these veterans to ensure they get the care and treatment they earned for serving our nation. And we can help non-violent offenders struggling with addiction or other crises avoid becoming entrapped in the criminal justice system, keeping them from getting the care they need.” “More than 200 of these courts have been set up across the nation, and we’re already seeing remarkable success and lower recidivism rates,” Meehan said. “We’ve had success in securing federal funding for vets’ courts in recent years, through appropriations. But these programs still need formal authorization to create a permanent funding stream. The SALUTE Act gives the Justice Department important guidance on veterans’ treatment courts funding and will help make sure these programs are being implemented effectively.” Meehan’s legislation was co-sponsored today by a bipartisan group of seven additional lawmakers. He was joined by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Larry Buschon (IN-08), John Carney (DE-AL), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Barbara Comstock (VA-10) & Grace Napolitano (CA-32). “Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line each and every day so we can stay safe,” said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.  “It is incumbent on the nation to support those who sacrificed for us and that is what the SALUTE Act is all about.  Veterans’ Treatment Courts will help veterans who have faced challenges get back on their feet so they can thrive in society.” Today, active veterans’ courts operate in 19 Pennsylvania counties – the largest number in the country – including Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Berks and Lancaster Counties. Meehan has long been an advocate for veterans’ courts, and led the effort to secure groundbreaking federal funding for the courts in 2012. In mid-2013, Meehan welcomed officials from the Chester County Veterans’ Courts program to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science on the effectiveness of the vets’ courts program. Read More

Reps. Meehan, Black Blast Healthcare.gov Data Sharing in Letter to HHS, Introduce Data Breach Legislation

2015/01/27

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) and Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) led a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner demanding information on the Obama Administration’s practice of sharing consumers’ private information through Healthcare.gov. You can read a copy of the letter here. Reps. Black and Meehan also introduced the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015. This legislation would simply require the government to notify consumers if their personal information is breached on the Healthcare.gov exchanges. Currently there is no such requirement under federal law – despite similar standards being in place for the private sector and state-run exchanges.   Meehan and Black were among the first to raise concerns about the security of information gathered by HealthCare.Gov The Associated Press reported last week that numerous third-party vendors were given access to consumers’ personal data – including age, income, zip code, and smoking and pregnancy status – through Healthcare.gov. Rep. Black immediately responded to the report, citing “inherent security flaws” in the Healthcare.gov website and calling for data-breach notification legislation to protect users’ personal information when accessing the federal healthcare exchanges. Last Friday, the Obama Administration announced that it would “scale back” data sharing on Healthcare.gov, however it is still unclear what information will continue to be transmitted and what is done with information that was already collected. As Reps. Black and Meehan point out in their letter to HHS and CMS, the Obama Administration’s practice of disseminating users’ personal information directly contradicts Healthcare.gov’s own privacy policy which states, “No personally identifiable information is collected.” Reps. Black and Meehan released the following statements on their letter and newly introduced legislation: “It is unacceptable that security and privacy failures keep happening with Healthcare.gov,” said Congressman Patrick Meehan. “No American should have to fear their data will be exploited or compromised through HealthCare.gov. The data on the exchanges are among families’ most private, and the information should not be shared without a user’s consent. The legislation we have introduced today will ensure that the feds live up to their obligation to disclose data breaches on the federal exchange and come clean with consumers.” “I have warned for over a year now of security and privacy concerns under Healthcare.gov. Sadly, from the website’s hacking last summer, to these latest revelations of data-sharing without users’ knowledge or consent, the Obama Administration continues to show that our concerns are well-founded and that Americans’ personal information on this site remains at risk,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Americans deserve the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality when enrolling in health insurance, and they certainly shouldn’t be left holding the bag for this Administration’s failure to maintain a secure website. That is why my letter to the Administration demands answers on Healthcare.gov’s privacy and security standards and seeks information on what data was collected by Healthcare.gov, how long it was stored, and in what way it was secured.” Congressman Black added, “In light of the Obama Administration’s latest failing, I am proud to reintroduce the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015. This commonsense legislation will simply require the government to notify affected consumers if their personal information is compromised on Healthcare.gov. It defies all logic that this basic requirement is not already law. I was pleased to carry this legislation in the last Congress and will fight once again for its passage so that Americans can take action to protect themselves in the event of an Obamacare security breach.”  Read More

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Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Currently serving his second term in Congress, Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and House Ethics Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Meehan was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.

Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the region’s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.

While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.

During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.

A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


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