Victims of Medicaid breach may have little recourse if personal info is compromised

Enforcement of health information act would be needed to aid victims

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    I have worked in the field of software engineering for over 30 years and know a bit about computerized security matters. Whenever I see another of the increasing numbers of stories like this I always have a surge of irritation and frustration due to the realization that it is all completely unnecessary.

    The entire threat of identity theft, and all the incalculable losses that can arise from it, could be utterly eliminated with the implementation of a bio-centric ID system. There are many aspects of each of us that are absolutely unique to each of us. Making our societal identity a matter of recording these would fundamentally and forever identify us and prevent anyone, anywhere from ever impersonating anyone else.

    As much as I've felt like a voice in the wilderness, I hope we will eventually take advantage of the technologies that have emerged in the last couple of decades to remove this threat to our lives forever. It can be done.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 14, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    We do have a recourse. It's called file federal charges against the state of Utah, its governor, and this agency for violation of civil rights and privacy laws of this country.

    The state is in violation of individuals rights for breaching the law and force individuals in to disclosure for services of the federal government. Medicaid and Medicare funding are the property and distribution of the federal government, not the state government.

    Utah is the only state in the nation who is acting so irresponsible with the privileged information and lies they publish as owners of these funds. People own these funds held in trust accounts by the SSA, not the state or federal government and its time this State be held accountable and reveal to every individual and the SSA, the name and SSN about the breach.

    Dependability and not responsible is not an option and a federal audit of this phony health care in Utah where theses federal insurance trust funds are being put in to the state budget where abuse and misuse is a rampant crime. This is one case that the state cannot deny its lack of accountability and illegal breech of privileged information.