The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing is notifying 105,470 clients receiving state-provided health insurance that a stolen hard drive contained some of their personal information. A statement on the agency’s web site does not provide much detail and simply says:
State officials discovered that there was an unauthorized removal of a computer hard drive housed at the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
The information did NOT include addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers or any other financial information that could be used for identity theft. It included name, state ID number and the name of the client’s program.
Approximately 111,000 clients, or one-fifth of those receiving public health insurance, will receive notification by first-class mail, as required by HIPAA.
Please email your questions to [email protected] or call us at 1-866-668-2656 (toll-free) or 303-866-4431.
We take client privacy very seriously and are doing everything we can to recover the missing hard drive. To support our efforts, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation based on our request.