Judge William K Sessions has approved Attorney General William Sorrell’s proposed settlement with Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., regarding the health insurance company’s loss of an unencrypted portable hard drive containing protected health information. The State’s complaint alleged violations of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, and Consumer Fraud Act. The settlement approved by the court on Friday requires the defendants to pay $55,000 to the State, submit to a data-security audit, and file reports with the State regarding the company’s information security programs for the next two years.The lawsuit is Vermont’s first enforcement action under the Security Breach Notice Act and the second HIPAA enforcement action of its kind since state attorneys general were given HIPAA enforcement authority in 2009. The case arises from a portable hard drive that contained protected health information, social security numbers, and financial information of approximately 1.5 million people, including 525 Vermonters. Health Net discovered that the drive was missing on May 14, 2009 and did not start notifying affected Vermont residents until more than six month later. When it did notify Vermont residents, Health Net told them that it believed their risk of harm was ‘low’ because ‘the files on the missing drive were not saved in a format that can be easily accessible.’ The files on the unencrypted drive were in TIF (Tagged Image File) format, which can be viewed using a variety of freely available software.Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., cooperated with the Vermont Attorney General’s investigation of this matter and have settled similar actions in Connecticut and New York. January 26, 2011
Edward J. Wilhelm, age 82 of Batesville, died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at The Waters of Batesville. Born July 13, 1936 in Batesville, he is the son of Clara (Nee: Bedel) and Carl Wilhelm. He served overseas in the Army from 1955 to 1957. After his discharge, he went to work for Hillenbrand Industries as a dispatcher, retiring in 2001 after 43 years.Eddie was fixture in the community. An avid golfer, you could always find him at the golf course. He also rode his bike daily, weather permitting, and for the last 50 years, he attended the football games as well as the boys and girls basketball games at the high school. According to his family though, in recent years, you might see him nod off if the action on the court or field didn’t hold his attention. Eddie was also a fan of the old western movies form the Gene Autry/Roy Rogers era and big band music.He is survived by his sister Helen Eckstein of Batesville; brothers Art, Alvin and Robert Wilhelm, all of Batesville, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation is Saturday, April 6th, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. Memorials should be made to the Batesville Athletic Boosters Club.