Inept Govt. Workers Put Your Privacy At Risk
(HEADLINE HEALTH) Among the negative consequences of government-run healthcare is having the most private information of tens of millions of Americans in the hands of incompetent government workers.
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration is frantically “retraining” employees in internet security after one of them apparently gave a hacker the username and password to a database of Medicaid recipients.
The agency’s website boasts, ‘We are primarily responsible for the state’s estimated $25.2 billion Medicaid program that will serve a projected 4.27 million Floridians’ this year.
The exposure of large numbers of Medicaid records to hackers raises unsettling questions about the nation’s other government healthcare giant, Medicare, as well as the interconnected web of state and federal Obamacare-connected agencies and providers.
Are your Medicare and other medical records safe?
Have Medicare employees and Obamacare administrators been properly trained not to fall for phishing attempts from criminal hackers?
Frankly, the only safe assumption is that your records are not secure.
Take a lesson from the report below, and take every precaution you can to minimize your interaction with and disclosures to government healthcare agencies.
Florida officials: Hack exposed 30K Medicaid patients’ files
(JESSE BYRNES, THE HILL) The medical records and personal information of thousands of Florida Medicaid recipients have been hacked.
Careless state employee enabled hackers
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) said that one of its employees was the “victim of a malicious phishing email” on Nov. 15, exposing the records of up to 30,000 Medicaid enrollees.
Preliminary findings from an inspector general’s investigation found that hackers may have accessed the recipients’ names, Medicaid ID numbers and other personal identifiers such as birthdays, addresses and Social Security numbers, along with medical conditions and diagnoses. READ MORE AT THE HILL.
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