Centene Announces Internal Search of Information Technology Assets

January 25, 2016 at 5:35 PM EST

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Centene announced an ongoing comprehensive internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for in its inventory of information technology (IT) assets.

"Centene takes the privacy and security of our members' information seriously," said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. "While we don't believe this information has been used inappropriately, out of abundance of caution and in transparency, we are disclosing an ongoing search for the hard drives. The drives were a part of a data project using laboratory results to improve the health outcomes of our members."

Centene has determined the hard drives contained the personal health information of certain individuals who received laboratory services from 2009-2015 including name, address, date of birth, social security number, member ID number and health information. The hard drives do not include any financial or payment information.  The total number of affected individuals is approximately 950,000.

"Consistent with our policies around communication and transparency, we are beginning the process of notifying all affected individuals and all appropriate regulatory agencies as we continue to search and investigate," said Neidorff.

Notification to affected individuals will include an offer of free credit and healthcare monitoring. Centene is in the process of reinforcing and reviewing its procedures related to managing its IT assets.

About Centene Corporation

Centene  Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare  enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored  healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals.   Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid,  including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as  Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster  Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in  addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, and Medicare.  The  Company operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance  solutions.  It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial  organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health  management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental  benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management,  managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth  services.


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