DHS sends private info to wrong person

This Dallas, Oregon woman has twice received packages containing confidential information meant for someone else, Jan. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
This Dallas, Oregon woman has twice received packages containing confidential information meant for someone else, Jan. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

DALLAS, Ore. (KOIN) – In December, a woman received a Cover Oregon application meant for another person. It contained personal information and medical history.

But this week that same woman received highly confidential information meant for someone else from the Department of Human Services.

Both packages were addressed to her PO Box in Dallas.

“This woman’s entire life is in here, you know? And her kids, her kids’ Social Security numbers are in them,” Kenna told KOIN 6 News. She asked that her last name not be used. “It’s very extensive.”

The DHS office in Dallas, Oregon, Jan. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The DHS office in Dallas, Oregon, Jan. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Among the information in the DHS packet: bank account number, driver’s license number and the names of doctors, medical care, Medicaid information policy numbers.

“Something is wrong. It needs to be fixed,” she said. “You know, people’s lives are on the line. Their information is being compromised. It needs to be addressed.”

KOIN 6 News was not able to reach anyone at the Oregon DHS for comments.

Kenna said she contacted the correct owner and found the documents were meant to go to a care facility.

“I just think, Oh my God, what if that was us? Someone could run with that and do some horrible things.”

She added, “If we were not good honest people this would be a gold mine for someone.”

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