On Tuesday, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan reported losing a portable computer hard drive containing the personal information of 280,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The insurers said the drive was lost within their own corporate offices in the state.
The information on the drive includes:
- Beneficiaries' health plan identification numbers;
- Partial Social Security numbers for 801 individuals; and
- Complete Social Security numbers for seven people.
The insurers have not specified when the incident happened or which regulatory agencies they have notified.
The companies said they have strengthened security practices and will provide no-cost credit-monitoring services for the people whose Social Security numbers were on the missing hard drive (Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/20).