Personal information of more than 1,500 families enrolled in Alabama's All Kids insurance program was mistakenly sent to the wrong families, health department officials said.
Cathy Caldwell, who directs the healthcare program, said the information was sent out last week and included names, ages and Social Security numbers.
"It wasn't released to the general public," she told the Mobile, Ala.-based Press-Register. "It was within the 1,554 families. Some of them got each others' information."
John Wible, general counsel for the health department, said the agency does not expect to face legal action, but "it's definitely a breach of confidentiality."
Don Sease, president and owner of Graphics and Mailing, said his company processed 4,000 records a month for the health department for five years and this was the first problem. He said a glitch in the computer software caused the mismatching of some people and addresses.