Connecticut's Department of Social Services says it's investigating whether up to 8,500 client identification numbers were erroneously provided to another state agency and then to some state lawmakers and other organizations.
In a statement Wednesday, DSS Commissioner Roderick Bremby and Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, said the numbers were included in data DSS provided OPM last month about the cost of administering prescription drugs to DSS clients. It's a budgetary issue for this year's legislative session.
Both officials said no client names or Social Security numbers were included. They said the client ID numbers are unique, with no meaning unless paired with other confidential information.
Such an exchange of data could violate the federal law that protects health information from disclosure.
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