MNsure employee in security breach terminated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The employee of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange who released private data on about 1,600 insurance agents no longer works for the state.

Minnesota Management and Budget provided the information Tuesday to The Associated Press. Previously, officials said the employee no longer worked for MNsure but wouldn’t reveal if the person was terminated or transferred to another agency.

MNsure’s executive director says the employee violated policies by storing unencrypted, private information on a computer desktop. The file was accidentally emailed to an insurance agent in Burnsville, which sparked privacy concerns as MNsure prepares to launch the website to deliver federal health care changes to Minnesotans.

The employee started as a broker-coordinator at MNsure in August at a base salary of about $62,000 a year. The last day of employment was Friday.

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