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Insurance Company Sued over Disclosing Medical Records

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 16, 2010

Minnesota's largest health insurer is facing a lawsuit after accidentally publishing a customer's medical records in a handbook, the Star Tribune reports. According to the suit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield violated the Minnesota Health Records Act and breached the unnamed plaintiff's privacy by disclosing her name and confidential information, including dates and locations of her medical treatment and the costs of her care. According to Minnesota law, insurers cannot disclose such "personal or privileged information" without their clients' written authorization, the report states. A Blue Cross spokeswoman said that when the company discovered the mistake last year, it immediately discontinued the material in question.
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