Indiana Medicaid Data Breach: What You Need to Know
August 14, 2023: Over 744,000 Medicaid members in Indiana were impacted in a recent data security incident, raising concerns about personal information exposure. Here’s a breakdown of what happened, why it matters, and steps you can take to protect yourself.
A breach occurred when Maximus Health Services, a contractor working with Medicaid, used a software called MOVEit. This breach exposed sensitive details like names, addresses, case numbers, Medicaid numbers, and even the Social Security numbers of four individuals. The incident came to light in May.
Why It Matters?
Your personal information is valuable, and its exposure can lead to identity theft or fraud. Imagine someone using your identity to commit financial crimes. This breach could lead to such issues for those affected.
Steps to Protect Yourself
Enroll in Credit Monitoring: Maximus offers complimentary credit monitoring and other services from Experian for 24 months. This can help you monitor your credit and detect any unusual activities.
Review Your Credit Report: Federal law allows you to get a free credit report from major credit reporting companies every year. Check your report for any suspicious accounts or inquiries.
Stay Vigilant: Even if you don’t spot any immediate red flags, periodically check your credit reports. It’s an extra layer of security against potential threats.
Act on Suspicious Activity: If you find any unauthorized activity, contact local law enforcement and file a police report. This can help you clear your name from any fraudulent debts.
Use New Medicare Card: If your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) was affected, you’ll get a new card with a unique number. Use the instructions provided to update your information.
- Over 744,000 Indiana Medicaid members were affected by a data breach.
- Maximus Health Services’ contractor software, MOVEit, was compromised.
- Personal information, including Social Security numbers, was exposed.
- Protect yourself by enrolling in credit monitoring and reviewing your credit reports.
- Be cautious, act promptly if you notice suspicious activities, and follow instructions for your new Medicare card.
Remember, your personal information’s security matters. Stay informed and take the necessary steps to safeguard your identity.