Kansas agency reports possible data breach

KDADS says health information was released

Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has been notifying individual consumers about an incident where personal or protected health information was released to a group of business associated.

KDADS said an employee sent an unauthorized email with protected information to a group of current business associated.   The agency has been reaching out to the business associates and affected consumers.  An investigation is also underway to find out how the information was released, and some additional safeguards have been put in place to make sure an incident like this doesn't happen again. 

KDADS has found that the protected information was only released to the agency's business associates, and there are contracts and agreements that protect this information from inappropriate or unauthorized use.   The agency said there is no information to indicate that any of the information has been misused or disclosed publicly.  

The email sent by the KDADS employee contained an attachment that included consumer names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, in-home services program participation information and Medicaid information numbers.  It did not include any banking, credit card or drivers license information.  

All affected consumers will receive a letter from KDADS explaining the situation.  People can also check the KDADS website for more information at www.kdads.ks.gov 


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