Monday, February 10, 2014

Medical ID Theft Rampant

We first started covering this phenomenon almost 8 years ago, when Bob noted  that one problem arising from theft of your medical data is that "you could end up being treated based on someone else's medical history"

It may be difficult to overstate the problem:

"Most identity theft in the United States is medical-related ... In 2012 alone, medical identity theft increased by nearly 25 percent, affecting 1.85 million Americans"

Ms Melchior notices something else we've pointed out, namely:

"... as many as 31 states do not conduct background checks on Obamacare navigators, who have access to enrollees’ names, Social Security numbers, financial records, and health information" [emphasis added]

And of course, this also doesn't include the hacktastic nature of the 404Care site.

Perhaps we need to more aggressively market ID Theft insurance.
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