The South Carolina Health and Human Services Department announced that the records of 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries were improperly transferred to an employee's e-mail account. The transfer, which violated agency policy, cost the employee his job, according to a health department news release, which stated that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident. The health department is offering affected beneficiaries identity-theft protection free of charge. Medical information was not part of the improperly transferred data, the state said. In the past month, breaches involving the exposure of more than 1.1 million records have been reported in Georgia, New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Utah. According to data from HHS' Office for Civil Rights, 19.2 million records have been exposed in 410 breaches involving more than 500 patient records each by hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, their business associates and other organizations since September 2009.
Late News: S.C. reports breach affecting 228,000 Medicaid patients
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