Terminated: Texas Medicaid subcontractor dumped after data breach in ransomware attack from Russia

AUSTIN — A Texas Medicaid subcontractor has been terminated after a data-privacy breach caused by a ransomware attack from Russia last year exposed the personal information of tens of thousands of low-income residents.

Also, a spokeswoman for the state’s sprawling health and social services agency has said it was not initially informed that the brunt of the malicious hack fell almost entirely on Texas Medicaid recipients.

Christine Mann confirmed that the state Health and Human Services Commission, which runs Medicaid, did not learn that 98.5% of the nearly 275,000 Americans potentially affected by the breach were Texas Medicaid patients until it received questions about the incident from The Dallas Morning News.

Original communications to the state by prime contractor Accenture apparently described a multi-state incident involving health care providers and insurance billing and collections for health plans ranging well beyond Medicaid.

Source: Terminated: Texas Medicaid subcontractor dumped after data breach in ransomware attack from Russia / The Dallas Morning News

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