1,600 households victims of government leak of protected health information
DENVER – The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced today that protected health information of 1,600 households was mistakenly mailed to the wrong addresses. The information possibly included their names, addresses, identification numbers, and information about their income and tax credits.
“Identity theft is a serious issue and it is disturbing that the government leaked innocent Coloradans’ private and important health information,” said Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood. “We cannot trust anything a corrupt and irresponsible government handles. Coloradans should be angry, because an apology doesn’t cut it.”
According to 9 News, the state has contacted those hurt by the leak of information, asking for the letters to be “returned” or “destroyed.”
The department claims none of the leaked information puts members at high risk for identity theft and is offering those affected “free credit monitoring services.”
“It’s just another example of an inept and incompetent government. It’s another reason for us to oppose a government takeover of health care with Initiative 20. If bureaucrats cannot hand the privacy of 1,600 Coloradans, imagine what they will do when they are in charge of millions more,” added Lockwood.
Initiative 20 “ColoradoCare” is a proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes by $25 billion to create a government-run health care system in Colorado.
ColoradoCare would be financed by taxes on Coloradans’ incomes, including a 10 percent “Health Care Premium Tax” on payroll and non-payroll income collected by the Department of Revenue.
The proposal asks that the revenues be exempt from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Meaning, board members, who would initially be appointed, could vote on any future Health Care Premium Tax increases.
“It is potentially dangerous for government to control health care and we cannot allow ourselves to be bullied into passing government-run health care or be disregarded in our concern for health care privacy,” concluded Lockwood.