Day: January 15, 2022

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Oscar Health discloses data breach after mailing error

Oscar Health experienced a data breach it’s blaming on a printing vendor, the company disclosed Friday.

The health insurance company discovered on Nov. 23 that mail intended for some California policyholders may have been sent to the wrong customers. The letters include member names, provider information, dates of service, and types of procedures and services. Oscar Health didn’t name the vendor it says is responsible.

The paperwork doesn’t include Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers or any financial information, according to a notice from Oscar Health.

Oscar Health determined the incident likely occurred between Oct. 28 and Nov. 16 and has “taken steps to address the matter with our print vendor,” the company reported.

Oscar Health did not respond to questions about what steps it has taken, the name of the vendor or how many members’ data were exposed.

“While we do not believe there has been a misuse of

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Young Alzheimer’s patients dealt a blow by Medicare’s refusal to cover drug

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: public domain

Jay Reinstein and Michele Hall wouldn’t seem to most people like they would be in danger of suffering from a disease typically associated with aging.

Reinstein is just 60 years old, and Hall is 54. Both of them have young adult children. Yet both already struggle with driving, and they can no longer work because their minds don’t function as they once did.

They’re two of the 200,000 Americans who suffer from early-onset Azheimer’s disease, a group of people who received crushing news Tuesday when Medicare proposed limiting their access to a potential treatment called Aduhelm meant to slow the march of their debilitating illness.

When the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the news, it was a bombshell for Hall, Reinstein and others like them. Despite living 700 miles apart, the two are bound together

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