The former head of the Social Security Administration is scoffing at the idea that new exchange data hub will be ready on time.

The former SSA commissioner, Michael Astrue, said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services held up work on the hub while trying to get other agencies to chip in on the bill.

"CMS struggled to meet its deadline," Astrue testified Wednesday at a House Homeland Security cybersecurity subcommittee hearing.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.