AUSTIN — The private health data for thousands of Medicaid patients in Texas has been accidentally exposed, officials with the state Department of Aging and Disability Services said Thursday.
The exposed data included names, residences, mailing addresses, birth dates, Social Security and Medicaid numbers, and medical diagnoses and treatment information.
The agency said it has begun notifying about 6,600 Medicaid recipients about the data breach that it has known about since April 21. It just began revealing it to clients on Thursday. The department took down the problematic website on April 21 when it was advised that the information on the site was publicly accessible on the Internet, according to a statement it released.