Company’s ‘mailing error’ exposes health information of kids on Missouri

Andy Marso reports:

A contractor that administers Missouri Medicaid plans says it accidentally exposed the personal health information of 19,570 children.

A vice president for WellCare Health Plans Inc. said in a letter to The Star that the company learned on July 25 that a “mailing error” caused reminders about well-child visits for the company’s Missouri Care members to be sent to the wrong addresses.

“The letters contained personally identifiable health information including (the) child’s name, age and provider name,” said the letter from Ted Webster, WellCare’s VP and chief security and privacy officer.

Read more on Kansas City Star. This incident appears to be unrelated to another breach disclosed by WellCare Health Plan in June.

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