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Puerto Rico Health Org Faces $6.8M Penalty

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 21, 2014

Triple-S Management has said the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration (PRHIA) plans to levy a $6.8 million fine stemming from a security breach to the health insurer’s subsidiary, Triple-S Salud (TSS), The Wall Street Journal reports. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicates the penalty is related to a breach affecting 13,336 Dual Eligible Medicare beneficiaries. TSS mailed notification letters to some recipients last September, which included some of the recipients’ Medicare Health Insurance Claim Numbers, which are considered protected health information. TSS said, “We take this matter very seriously and are working to prevent this type of incident from happening again.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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