ome applicants to the New York health insurance exchange saw their email addresses revealed this week in a message reminding them of a March 31 enrollment deadline.
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The automated email sent by the exchange Monday went to New York residents who completed an online application process but hadn’t yet enrolled in insurance coverage. The message didn’t use the blind carbon copy feature, allowing recipients of the email to see the addresses of others who received it.
It wasn’t clear Wednesday how widespread the apparent privacy breach was.
There are 328,641 residents who submitted an application and didn’t yet enroll, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. But the email was sent to just 100 recipients at a time, according to several copies of the message obtained Wednesday by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. The Health Department said in a statement the email reminder went to a “small group of individuals” but didn’t say how many.