Colorado Medicaid Breach Affects 2k

The state of Colorado has notified 1,918 Medicaid beneficiaries of a data breach.

A temporary employee of the Colorado Community Health Alliance, a contractor with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, sent the beneficiaries' information from a work to a personal email address. According to a department statement, "the list may have been sent for the employee's personal use in a separate business."

The information in the email included beneficiaries' names, dates of birth, Medicaid numbers, contact information and health information.

"We protect our client's information by using vendors who commit to protecting all confidential health information in their contracts with the Department," said Susan Birch, the department's executive director, in a statement. "The Department and our contractor are taking steps to notify and assist the clients who were impacted."

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