|By Brian Dowling, The Hartford Courant|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The backpack, found Friday, appears to have contained four notepads with personal account information for about 400 people associated with Access Health CT, the state's health insurance exchange, the chief executive of the exchange,
"It appears as though some of that personal information may be associated with Access Health CT accounts," Counihan said.
He said the exchange received a report earlier in the day that an individual had discovered the backpack on
"It is still unclear where the backpack came from, and we are working with the
Friday afternoon, Access Health CT spokeswoman
Foley said handwritten notes in the backpack included "possible customer information for Access Health CT, including people's names, dates of birth and some
"It is unknown if anybody's personal information was compromised at this point," Foley said.
The circumstances surrounding the backpack's discovery were unclear, as was the reason
In his written statement, Counihan said he had directed staff to work with Maximus, the exchange's call center vendor, and the exchange's outreach team to address the issue of any potential identity theft.
Access Health CT said its legal department is filing required state and federal information breach reports.
"Let me be clear: We are sorry this happened," Counihan said. "This is a very serious situation and we will hold the person or persons who are responsible to account. We will work tirelessly until we have remedied this problem and can prevent any such reoccurrence."
Access Health CT is
During the enrollment period from October through March, 208,301 signed up for coverage through Access Health CT, which includes 78,713 who bought private plans and 129,588 who were income eligible for government-funded
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