Private Info of 400 Connecticut Obamacare Enrollees May be Compromised

Private Info of 400 Connecticut Obamacare Enrollees May be Compromised

Recently the security breach Target suffered that left thousands of customers’ private information vulnerable to data thieves made the news in a big way. Now we have discovered that up to 400 enrollees in Connecticut’s healthcare exchange may have also become compromised.

Officials in Connecticut reported that a backpack was found filled with notepads containing the personal information of 400 enrollees of Access Health CT–the state’s Obamacare health exchange.

A statement released by Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Access Health CT, said that the backpack was found by police in Hartford and inside was “four notepads with personal information for approximately 400 individuals. The backpack also contained Access Health CT paperwork and it appears as though some of that personal information may be associated with Access Health CT accounts. It is still unclear where the backpack came from, and we are working [with] the Hartford Police Department to investigate, and contact the individuals whose information may be compromised. … Let me be clear: we are sorry this happened. This is a very serious situation and we will hold the person or persons who are responsible to account.”

A spokesman for Access Health CT confirmed the incident to National Review and promised, “we’re diligently looking into what’s happened.”

NRO checked into the hiring records of the Connecticut exchange to see how many applicants for the state’s Obamacare Navigator positions had a criminal history and found that 21 were flagged in background checks.

NRO also found that most weren’t hired but one who had a class-B felony conviction 19 years earlier was hired. Additionally three others with misdemeanors on their records were also approved for hire.

In the wake of retailer Target’s massive data breach, both its CEO and its Chief Information Officer resigned.

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