The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to clean up the mess created when nearly 50,000 Medicaid cards with children’s personal health information was sent out to the wrong households.
The agency admitted that the mistaken mailings violated federal medical privacy laws and were a result of human error.
HHS Secretary Aldona Wos informed the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the release of private medical information.
Following press inquiries, the agency acknowledged Friday evening the mailings went out to the wrong household, three days after DHHS staff first learned of the issues.
On Monday, Medicaid Interim Director Sandra Terrell released a statement indicating that after an initial review, the state agency believes human error was at fault while moving data from the N.C. Health Choice system to Medicaid. Read More