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Kansas Aging Agency Spills Personal Information of 11,000 People

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Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said Thursday that a staff member improperly disclosed personal information for 11,000 people in an email sent to multiple addressesAngela de Rocha, a KDADS spokeswoman, said the disclosure includes Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal details of Medicaid recipients and potential recipients of the health care programSuch personal details, particularly the combination of a Social Security number with a date of birth, can be all a criminal might need for identity theftThe agency said it had no indication that the information has been misused or spread furtherKDADS learned of the disclosure last monthGovJeff Colyer said that his administration is investigating the breach and that the worker was fired“I’m upset about itI think that employee needed to be terminatedThey were,” Colyer said“We are going to be watching thisI want to make sure this does not happen again.” The information was improperly emailed to local contractors with the state’s 11 area agencies on aging“KDADS emailed all of the individuals on the recipient list, advised them of the situation and asked them to delete or destroy the email,” de Rocha said“In addition, they were asked to shred any printed copies.” The state is contacting affected individuals to inform them about the data breachDe Rocha said it would not have been a violation to send the personal information about a specific individual to the local organization assisting that personThe problem in this case, she said, was sharing the personal information of thousands of individuals with multiple organizationsIn a statement, the agency said “KDADS apologizes sincerely to the consumers affected for any distress or inconvenience this may causeKDADS is undertaking an immediate review of policies and procedures relevant to preventing a similar situation from occurring.” Democratic RepJeff Pittman referenced the data breach during debate on the House floor ThursdayHe said state agencies vary widely in security and that some aren’t doing enough to protect the personal data of Kansans“When that data gets out, their identity gets stolen,” Pittman said“We are not doing a good job in terms of keeping our data secure.” KDADS said people concerned about the breach can put a freeze or fraud alert on their credit report from the three major reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnionStephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News ServiceFollow him on Twitter @kprkorandaKansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original postTags: Kansas News ServiceKansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)elderlyMedicaidKanCareKansas governmentTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Kansas Nursing Home Operators Say Regulation Putting Them In Crisis By Jim McLean • Jan 19, 2018 Jim McLean / Kansas News Service Nursing homes in Kansas find themselves in crisis, say the people who run themWhere to fix blame or how to remedy things remain matters of debateA parade of nursing home operators and their lobbyists pleaded with members of a Kansas House health committee Thursday to fully restore cuts in Medicaid reimbursement ratesThey also called for pressure on GovSam Brownback’s administration to repair a long-broken Medicaid enrollment system Woman Claiming Harassment By Ex-Kansas Official Pursues Discrimination Complaint By Jim McLean • Dec 11, 2017 File Photo / Kansas News Service A discrimination complaint filed earlier this year by a Tennessee woman who claims a former Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official sexually harassed her is still pending before the Kansas Human Rights Commission Inspectors Return To Osawatomie State Hospital For Federal Recertification Check By Madeline Fox • Nov 28, 2017 File Photo / Kansas News Service Inspectors arrived Tuesday at Osawatomie State Hospital to determine whether the state-run psychiatric facility can regain its federal certification and, with it, its Medicare fundingOsawatomie State Hospital lost its certification in December 2015 after a patient attacked a staff member, prompting an investigation that revealed staffing shortages and other issues that put patients and staff at risk

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