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SC Health and Human Services Reports Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 20, 2012

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has discovered a data breach affecting 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries, CMIO reports. The breach occurred when a Medicaid employee e-mailed personal information to the beneficiaries' personal e-mail accounts--a violation of agency policy, the report states. The department has terminated the employee and called upon the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate. SCDHHS will mail letters and offer free identity theft protection services to those affected.
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