NY: WellCare informs Medicare subscribers of data breach

Patti Singer reports:

Some personal information of a few dozen Monroe County residents who are Medicare subscribers with WellCare Health Plans recently was mishandled by a subcontractor for the insurer.

In late November, WellCare sent letters to 47 people affected in Monroe County, telling them the breach did not include Social Security numbers or any financial information. The insurer notified more than 500 people throughout New York state who were affected.


WellCare learned on Nov. 3 that a vendor had a computer coding error, which caused denial letters to be sent to the wrong members. The information included the person’s name, address, member ID number and general descriptions of the procedure, such as evaluation, radiology or administrative. No specific diagnoses were revealed.

Read more on Democrat & Chronicle.

This is not the first WellCare breach reported on this blog. In 2008, a human error breach resulted in over 71,000 Georgians’ information being disclosed on the Internet.

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