EXCLUSIVE: Health-plan data shared for 75 state benefits members

jself@thestate.comSeptember 12, 2013 

— The names, addresses and health plan information for about 75 people who receive health benefits through the state accidentally were sent to 75 other people, officials with the state Public Employee Benefit Authority said.

Coverage letters sent out last month included names, addresses, generic information about coverage plans, and a randomly generated Benefits Identification Number, said David Avant, director of the Public Employee Benefit Authority.

The letters did not include social security numbers, medical histories or financial information, Avant said.

“Nothing, either by itself or in combination, in that letter could be used to steal someone’s identity,” he said.

Avant said a programming error caused two one-page letters to be printed double-sided and sent to a single recipient. Letters went out on August 30 notifying the 150 members who were affected.

Reach Self at (803)771-8658

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