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June 10, 2019

CT, Illinois demand health-data breach details

Connecticut is one of two states demanding answers about a health-data breach that allegedly impacted millions here and elsewhere, authorities say.

State Attorneys General William Tong and Illinois’ Kwame Raoul announced Friday they have opened an investigation into the breach disclosed earlier in the week at American Medical Collection Agency, which may have exposed the personal information for nearly 12 million patients of Quest Diagnostics and 7.7 million Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) patients.

The breach was reportedly the result of malicious activity on the web payment page of American Medical Collection Agency, a third-party collections vendor for the two medical testing companies, authorities say.
"Sensitive personal information of millions of patients may have been compromised, and I am deeply concerned about the adequacy of the plans in place to notify and protect all affected individuals,” Tong said. “It is important to determine the cause of this serious data breach and what steps these companies are taking to ensure this does not happen again," said Attorney General Tong. 

Individuals who may have been affected by the breach should receive notice from one or more of their companies that will provide additional steps individuals can take.  All consumers are encouraged to routinely check their credit reports.

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