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Data breach at Nationwide health insurance [01/24/2007]
COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -- The personal information of more than 28,000 Nationwide Health Plans customers has been stolen, the Ohio insurance company said.

Medical-claim data, health information and Social Security numbers of 28,279 customers, mostly from central Ohio -- Nationwide is based in Columbus -- was stolen from the Waymouth, Mass., office of Concentra Preferred Systems.

Concentra is a subcontractor that audits hospital-stay charges to make sure Nationwide is not overpaying claims, a Nationwide spokesman said.

The company's auto, life and homeowners insurance policyholders were not affected by the breach.

The theft occurred Oct. 26 and Nationwide learned of it two weeks later. It sent letters notifying customers last week.

Nationwide said the risk of identity theft as a result of the incident was very low.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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