Maternal & Family Health Services Data Breach

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Are you affected by the Maternal & Family Health Services data breach?

If you were/are a patient of MFHS, your data may have been compromised in a recent data breach and you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) recently announced that the personally identifiable information and protected health information of more than 460,000 patients was exposed during a data breach. If you were a patient of MFHS, or ever obtain medical services at a MFHS location, and you received a letter from MFHS notifying you of the data breach, or you believe that your personal, financial, or medical information was exposed in the data breach, you may consider contacting an attorney. Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel has substantial experience litigating data breach matters and is here to help.

MFHS, a non-profit health care organization located in Pennsylvania serving over 90,000 patients annually, released a notice in early January 2023 that highly sensitive personal and medical information belonging to its patients was accessed by unauthorized individuals prior to April 2022. The information accessed by the unauthorized parties includes, but is not limited to:

  • Patients’ Names
  • Addresses
  • Dates of Birth
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Driver’s License Numbers
  • Financial Account / Payment Card Information
  • Usernames and Passwords
  • Medical Information and/or Health Insurance Information

The exposure of personally identifiable information, especially names and Social Security numbers, poses a substantial risk of identity theft, such as criminals opening financial accounts, taking out loans, filing fraudulent tax returns, and obtaining government services in the victim’s name. A data breach involving financial information permits thieves to make fraudulent purchases using the victim’s financial accounts. According to a recent FTC survey, the total cost of identity theft is nearly $50 billion per year, with victims losing an average of nearly $5,000 from the misuse of their personal and financial information. The exposure of protected medical information can pose an even greater danger of identity theft—such as obtaining medical services in the victim’s name, which will be charged to the victim.

Due to the data breach, patients of MFHS have been exposed to a heightened risk of fraud and identity theft and must now closely monitor their financial accounts to guard against fraud. MFHS patients might also incur out-of-pocket costs for purchasing credit monitoring services, credit freezes, credit reports, or other protective measures to deter and defect identity theft.

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