A Texas health commission employee was fired. Then she received the private information of more than 100 clients.
Marissa Evans reports:
Tracy Ryans got mail — straight from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, including a box full of state assistance application forms with hundreds of people’s social security card numbers, green card certificates, billing statements, check stubs and photocopies of driver’s licenses.
HHSC wasn’t supposed to have sent them.
Just weeks ago Ryans, 51, was fired from the agency after nine years for allegedly not securing client information protected by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. She denies the accusation.
It now appears the agency might have done something similar by mailing her a box full of private client information.
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