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NYSAG Takes Action Against Aetna for Disclosing Patient HIV Status

The New York State Attorney General (NYSAG) has taken action against Aetna, Inc., for sending out a mailing to insured patients that allowed anyone who saw the envelope to know that the patient had human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  For this breach of patient privacy, Aetna was forced to pay $1.15 million in penalties and implement strict privacy protections for its insureds.  To read the NYSAG announcement and summary of its action against Aetna, use the first link below.  To read the complete NYSAG settlement agreement with Aetna, use the second link below.  (NYSAG announcement and summary of action against Aetna)  (NYSAG complete settlement with Aetna)