Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Connecticut: Obamacare Exchange Reports Potential Identity Theft

Officials at the Connecticut public health exchange that administers Obamacare reported on Saturday that they are unable to determine whether personal information found in a backpack on a Hartford city street Friday was related to an effort to steal personal information of enrollees of the exchange.
CNBC reports that the “very serious” data breach could be the first known case of identity theft associated with Obamacare enrollment information.
Four notepads with the personal information of approximately 400 people -- including names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of customers of the state’s health insurance exchange -- were discovered in the backpack, reports the Hartford Courant.
“The notepads initially appear to belong to an employee of Maximus, the vendor providing call center services to Access Health CT,” said Peter Van Loon, the chief operating officer of the exchange. “Close examination of the data is indicating that fewer than 200 Social Security numbers were contained on the pads.”
Access Health CT spokeswoman Kathleen Tallarita said Friday that she did not know the time the backpack was found or its proximity to the exchange’s office.
Van Loon added that an investigation continues into the source of the breach.
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