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WASHINGTON— Senators want answers from the Biden administration on the recent cyberattack that froze millions of hospital and physician insurance claims, and concrete plans to prevent the next disruptive attack on health care.

During a hearing Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to institute cybersecurity requirements for both hospitals and insurers and to “start holding these executives [accountable] who are not doing their job in line with the kind of safety standards Americans have the right to expect on cyber.”


The committee’s highest ranking Republican, Sen. Mike Crapo from Idaho, stopped short of pushing for tech requirements; he urged Becerra to keep the committee updated on the fallout.

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