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Arizona’s Medicaid program warns 3,100 enrollees about privacy breach
Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, accidentally sent personal health information to the wrong home addresses.
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Arizona’s Medicaid program accidentally sent the personal health information of 3,146 members to incorrect physical home addresses, state officials say.
An internal AHCCCS investigation was initiated after a programming error caused 3,146 IRS 1095-B forms to be misdirected to incorrect physical home addresses, AHCCCS officials said Monday.
Those affected have been notified, officials added.
The IRS 1095-B Form reports an individual’s enrollment in a qualified health plan. The AHCCCS IRS 1095-B forms contained a name in conjunction with date of birth. No Social Security numbers were included on the form, state officials said.
Medicaid in Arizona is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS. Medicaid is a government health insurance program for low income people, and AHCCCS currently enrolls 1.87 million people, which works out to one in every four Arizonans.
State officials advise affected members who are concerned that their information may be used incorrectly advise doing one of three things:
Request a free credit report fraud alert. A “fraud alert” warns credit reporting agencies that there may be fraud involved in new requests for credit. Only one of the three main credit reporting agencies must be contacted to institute an alert.
Place a credit report security freeze. Under Arizona law, a “security freeze” prevents credit reporting agencies from releasing credit information without the consumer’s express permission. To place a security freeze, write to each of the three main credit reporting agencies by certified mail. Arizona law allows a charge of up to $5 for each request. (See azag.gov/consumer/security-freeze for details of the security freeze law.)
Request a credit report from the three main credit reporting agencies. Consumers are entitled to receive one free credit report each year from each of the three credit agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Learn more at annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228 or contact the credit reporting agencies. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; equifax.com/personal; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241. Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742), experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013. TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; transunion.com/annual-credit-report; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790.
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