Health magazine containing Social Security numbers on address labels mailed to 50,000 Medicare recipients

Cecilia Chan reports:

The latest edition of Banner Health’s “Smart & Healthy Magazine” arrived to mailboxes over the weekend containing Social Security numbers of recipients on the address labels.

“We try so hard to protect our Social Security number and then to have it publicized, it’s very disturbing,” Sun City West resident Janet Carlson said Monday.

Ms. Carlson is one of 50,000 Medicare beneficiaries served by Banner Health in Maricopa County who received the magazine, according to hospital spokesman Bill Byron.

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How- after all this time – can checking the first run of mailing labels not be part of the mailing routine? Banner Health hasn’t said whether it was or was not part of their protocols or routine, but really, we shouldn’t be seeing this type of error in 2014, should we?

There is no statement up on Banner Health’s site as of the time of this posting.

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