Auditor's Report Gives Medicaid Data Breach Investigation Details

Feb 18, 2016

A whistleblower complaint about a Washington Health Care Authority employee has shed light on a data breach -- and a related case of improper use of government computers.

That’s the result of two investigations released Thursday by the state auditor’s office.

One report shows a Health Care Authority worker sent dozens of confidential files to her brother at the Department of Social and Health Services.

The report says she was seeking technical assistance, and the brother completed assignments for her.

That led investigators to search the brother's work computer.

The report found he spent hours on non-work related sites, including multiple hours on sexually explicit sites where he would view and upload images.

Officials say both employees involved were fired.

91,000 Medicaid clients were notified last week that their personal data was affected by the breach.

That included Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and private health information.

The health care agency said it could not determine whether clients’ data stayed in state systems, so it determined that a breach had occurred.

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