BOISE -- Idaho's U.S senators are raising questions about the security of personal information Americans will have to submit to health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are co-sponsoring a bill with Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch called the Trust But Verify Act.

It is aimed to stop the implementation of health insurance exchanges until the U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can verify that the proper tools are in place to protect private information.

To enroll in health care exchanges, people will be required to submit Social Security and health care information.

Risch told KTVB Wednesday that if they can't prevent the Affordable Care Act from being implemented, they at least want to make sure it's safe, and believes there ought to be more time to make sure everything is secure before the program launches.

However, those with the Idaho Health Care Exchange assured KTVB that private information will stay private, and proper safeguards are in place.

This is being done nationally and it's required by all exchanges, said Alberto Gonzalez, operations project manager for the Idaho Health Care Exchange. The federal exchange platform has it, other state-based exchanges have it. These safeguards are serious and so everyone is to abide by them.

Gonzalez said the safeguards are in place with the technology and they have trained their staff to make sure they are respecting the privacy of the information and abiding by the safeguards. He said they are happy to talk with anyone who has concerns about the privacy of their information in the exchange.

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