LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than 33,000 letters sent recently to Arkansas residents who opted into the "private option" Medicaid program included extraneous information in their address lines.
The Department of Human Services said Wednesday a computer program executed by its contractor failed to clear address lines when creating a new record. Some letters carried extraneous names or apartment numbers.
DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb said the letters were sent to notify people they had been automatically assigned a health insurance plan under a program that will use federal Medicaid dollars to pay for insurance premiums. The content of the letters didn't contain any errors.
Of the 40,000 letters sent, nearly 14,000 had a stray apartment or mailbox number and 20,000 had an extra name.
Webb said no protected health information was released.
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