Aetna settles with California in HIV-related privacy breach

AP reports:

Aetna will pay $935,000 after one of its vendors sent letters to California patients that revealed via a window on the envelopes that the recipients were taking HIV-related medications, officials said Wednesday.

The settlement resolves allegations that Aetna violated state health privacy laws, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

Nearly 2,000 Californians — and 12,000 people nationwide — received the revealing letters in 2017.

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