Health Net Breach Could Affect 25,000 in Connecticut

AG is asking for identity theft and credit protections.

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Medical and personal information for almost 25,000 Connecticut residents might have been compromised in a nationwide data breach in early February, Attorney General George Jepsen said, and he has asked Health Net for identity theft and credit protections.

Nine unaccounted server drives in Health Net’s Rancho Cordova, California operations, contained protected health information and personal information for 24,599 Connecticut residents, including 18,279 Medicare subscribers and 700 Medicaid subscribers and 5,620 commercial subscribers, Jepsen said.

Beginning today, letters are going out to the Connecticut customers, Health Net told Jepsen.

“I am asking the company to provide credit monitoring services for two years, identity theft insurance and security freeze reimbursements for the customers affected,” Jepsen said.

Jepsen is also looking for information about the status of the data breach, what steps the company has taken to protect affected individuals and what procedures have been adopted to prevent any other breaches of this kind.

This is the second recent breach dealing with Health Net files.

In July, the state reached a settlement with Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., over a computer disk drive lost in May 2009 that contained names, addresses, Social Security numbers, protected health information and financial information.

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