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Missing Flash Drive Contains Info on 280,000

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 21, 2010

Two health plans have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare about the loss of a flash drive containing information on 280,000 Medicaid recipients, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "We deeply regret this unfortunate incident," said the president of Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan. The drive, which disappeared from corporate offices in Southwest Philadelphia, contained the names, addresses and personal health information of subscribers, along with some subscribers' Social Security numbers. In a statement released yesterday, the companies said they have "actively and responsibly executed a multifaceted plan to inform those affected" and are taking steps "to ensure this does not happen again."
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