As the U.S. awakens to the fact that its health care system is particularly vulnerable to attacks from hackers, lawmakers are pushing a bill to designate a point person on cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The legislation has bipartisan backers. Reps. Billy Long, R-MO, and Doris Matsui, D-CA, are the chief sponsors.

"We've developed a thoughtful solution to improve cybersecurity at HHS, based on committee findings," the two lawmakers said in a joint statement. "This legislation is a critical step toward safeguarding the delicate information countless Americans have entrusted in HHS' hands."

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