Video report by Jeevan Vittal, Fox CT
Text by Brian Dowling, Hartford Courant
HARTFORD — A backpack found on Trumbull Street appears to have contained personal information from accounts associated with Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange.
The backpack contained four notepads with personal information for about 400 people, the chief executive of the exchange, Kevin Counihan, said in an emailed statement.
“It appears as though some of that personal information may be associated with Access Health CT accounts,” Counihan said.
He said the exchange received a report earlier in the day that an individual had discovered the backpack on Trumbull Street.
“It is still unclear where the backpack came from, and we are working with the Hartford Police Department to investigate, and to contact the individuals whose information may be compromised,” the release said.
Access Health CT is Connecticut’s public health exchange. It is an online marketplace for health insurance and is the only place people can buy coverage in the state and get a tax credit, or subsidy, if they qualify. The Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, called for state exchanges to bring price transparency and competition to the health insurance market.