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Health Centers, Low-Income Assistance Program See Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 20, 2013

Two companies participating in the federal program Lifeline, which subsidizes phone service for low-income households, exposed more than 170,000 records online, reports Scripps Howard News Service. The records belong to residents of at least 26 states, and the Indiana attorney general has launched an investigation. LSU Health Shreaveport has also begun notifying patients that a third-party contractor sent bills—including names and treatment information—to the wrong recipients. An investigation showed that the breach was the result of a data-entry error. And a Speedway, IN, community health center has notified about 180 patients that a former employee may have accessed their electronic health records in order to steal their identities.
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