Medicaid breach draws anger and more words of warning

Reparations may be years in the making

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  • JMHO Southern, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    The problem I have is that there are a great number of people who had their information shared even though they were never part of medicaid/medicare. For example, my son is on the list of possible victims at the age of 5 because he went to a hospital for care. Why is the state gathering information on people who are not on thier systems? Scary thought for those who want the government to control all healthcare.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    The state giveth and the state taketh away. We send our taxes to the omniscient, omnipotent government and where it stops, nobody knows. There is little accountability for civil servants at the state or federal level (unless you spend $800,000+ for a Las Vegas junket) and it is virtually impossible to fire even a grossly incompetent state employee. George Orwell would have loved this story.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    This mess, AND the 14 million $$$ payoff to LOSING bidders, the DABC scandal, along with Herberts' refusal to even attempt to stop the illegal alien trespasser invasion makes me vote for Peter Cooke for Guv.

    The Repubs. (my party preference BTW)have completely and totally controlled the State of Utah for far too long. The State Depts. are so loaded with political cronies and "yes" men and incompetent fools that I've come to the conclusion that we need to have some sort of change in leadership in State Depts.

    The Repubs. arent' doing that. Just congratulating each other for how much they can bilk out of state government.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    May 3, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Folks, this is just a precursor to the fraud and waste and cost that will happen if Obamacare is inacted. The local news here in the Dallas area is investigating a bunch of orthodontists that are scamming the system and it looks like tens of millions of dollars or possibly more.

    The people running these government systems have no skin in the game so they don't care what kind of monies they pay out. Medicare has turned out to be much of a scam. And this is running up taxes and medical costs!

  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Hillman says....people need to feel safe and regain trust of the Medicaid, Medicare and Children's Health Insurance Program protocol in order for each to fulfill their purposes.I have no problem with Medicaid & problem is with the incompetent state of Utah. One year of free credit monitoring! I'm soooooooo thrilled. Hire competent people to operate your public services.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    I cannot believe a Utah Government and County Health Department people would have a system that would handout social security and other sensitive information to the world. It is handed to the world on a platter and the people that depended on the government for the safety and welfare of society are the ones holding the bag, empty bag, that is. With that type of information the bad guys, and there are a whole bunch of thems-guys out there, even in Utah, they will use that information for potentially years to come. The system, if it can be breached, will. Where is the system that is to protect these people that rely on the government to protect the information that the government has required for 70 plus years? It is not just a one-time slip up where the truck driver deliving the tapes didn't deliver them and parked in his parking lot overnight and then they were magically gone in the morning. There is a system problem, and if the State thought the system was good because it is similar to what the Federal agencies have, they are wrong. This type of mistake is unforgiveable. Audit now.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 3, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    This is terrible. I have been the victim of identity fraud and it takes years to clear up.
    In my case the perp even got a Costco card and Costco had his picture on file. I gave the picture to the police and they were not interested.

    The major problem is the credit reporting agencies and financial institutions are very lax in how they allow accounts to be opened. Credit reporting agencies want to be able to sell your information. Banks and credit card companies also want it as easy as possible for you to use credit.

    Two major reforms:

    1. If a bank or credit card company allows a person to open an account fraudulently they must be required to clean up your account and pay all damages. This will not stop until this happens. Currently if a credit card is used at a store fraudulently the store eats it, not the credit card company.

    2. You can put a credit freeze on your information. This means your credit information cannot be accesses or new credit accounts created unless you allow it. You even get a pin number. This should be the default condition and it should be free.