Under the terms of the proposed settlement, which will be at This specific point subject to court approval, Aetna has agreed to pay $17,161,0 to resolve the privacy breach claims.
that will money will be used to send an automatic base payment of at least $500 to those whose privacy was breached by the large-windowed envelopes.
An automatic base payment of $75 will be provided to about 1,0 additional customers whose health information was allegedly disclosed to Aetna’s legal counsel as well as mail vendor.
“In addition to the financial compensation, Aetna has created what This specific’s calling a ‘best practices’ document, as well as This specific’s about following appropriate protocols for sharing protected health information … with the goal of preventing This specific type of event through ever occurring again,” Goldfein said.
“This specific will be, as far as we can tell, the largest data breach involving HIV-related privacy.”
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania as well as its co-counsel announced the settlement on Wednesday.
‘The painful irony’
“Through our outreach efforts, immediate relief program as well as This specific settlement we have worked to address the potential impact to members following This specific unfortunate incident,” Aetna said in an emailed statement to sy88pgw.
“In addition, we are implementing measures designed to ensure something like This specific does not happen again as part of our commitment to best practices in protecting sensitive health information,” the statement said.
Those previous lawsuits were settled, as well as on July 28, letters were sent from the mail to inform Aetna customers that will they no longer had to mail-order their HIV medications.
As This specific turns out, those letters were the same mailings that will ended up outing customers’ HIV statuses through their envelopes.
“So the painful irony here will be that will the notice that will stemmed through a concern about HIV privacy from the mail generated the notices that will disclosed people’s HIV status,” Goldfein said.
Through the program, Aetna offered reimbursements as well as payments to customers who claimed to have suffered financial hardship as a direct result of the privacy breach.
‘There’s no shame in having a virus’
through Los Angeles to brand new York, the plaintiffs’ lawyers from the latest lawsuit said, they heard stories through customers who claimed to have been directly impacted by the breach.
“One woman had to leave her home after a relative moved out, as well as she could no longer afford the house without the benefit of the roommate’s contribution,” Goldfein said.
“One person reported that will after the word got out that will there was some homophobic vandalism to his home, as well as so he moved,” she said. “A man told us that will he brought his mail in, put This specific down on the counter when his family was there.”
Goldfein added that will Aetna customers, as well as all Americans, should know that will they should not feel ashamed of their HIV status. Rather, a right to privacy should come with any health condition.
“There’s no shame in having a virus as well as no shame in having HIV. … Yet we say, ‘although don’t let anyone know; we must keep This specific completely private,’ as well as that will sometimes sends a mixed message,” Goldfein said.
“I think some of the shame fuels the stigma; the stigma fuels the epidemic,” she said.
“Until we can actually make progress on stigma, we have to be ever mindful of people’s privacy.”