Fri July 27, 2012
Free Workshops for Utah Data Breach Victims
The Utah Department of Health is kicking off a dozen outreach meetings to provide help for those impacted by the Medicaid data breach in March, which compromised the Social Security numbers or other sensitive data of up to 780,000 people. Spokesman Tom Hudachko says over the next month the health department will visit 12 communities, offering free workshops to anyone with questions about the incident.
“A lot of the issues we are hearing from the public are potential troubles that they are having signing up for the credit monitoring services or individuals who received a letter indicating that their social security numbers have been compromised, or that they threw that letter away and now they need help with getting a new code for their credit monitoring. It’s those types of issues we want to reach out to people on.”
Hudachko says more than 500,000 letters have been mailed out notifying people who may be a victim of the attack, adding everyone the department was able to obtain a good address for has been notified.
“If you received one of those letters it provided you with instructions on ways to protect yourself. But if you received one and you haven’t taken action yet or you are unsure what type of action to take, we encourage you to look into an outreach meeting that’s close to you and attend.”
Utah’s newly appointed Data Security Ombudsman, Sheila Walsh-McDonald, and her staff will be available at the workshops for 1-on-1 meetings.
Schedule of Workshops in Utah Cities
Salt Lake City: Monday, July 30, 4 - 7 p.m., Palmer Court, 999 S. Main St.
Logan: Tuesday, July 31, 4 - 7 p.m., Bear River Health Department Environmental Health Building, 85 E. 1800 North
Ogden: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 4 - 7 p.m., Marshall White Community Center, 222 28th Street
Clearfield: Thursday, Aug. 2, 4 - 7 p.m., North Davis Senior Activity Center, 42 S. State St.
Vernal: Monday, Aug. 6, 4 - 7 p.m., Utah State University Uintah Basin - Vernal Campus, 320 N. Aggie Boulevard (2000 West)
Salt Lake City: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 4 - 7 p.m., Guadalupe School, 340 S. 1040 West
Provo: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4 - 7 p.m., Utah County Health Department, 151 S. University Ave., Room 2600
Price: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 4 - 7 p.m., Castleview Hospital, 300 N. Hospital Drive
Richfield: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4 - 7 p.m., Central Utah Health Department, 70 Westview Dr.
St. George: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Washington County Senior Center, 245 N. 200 West
For a link to the complete list of workshops, visit the Department of Health's website.