Vendor: worker no ill intent for personal data

A woman walks into the Access Health CT storefront in New Haven, March 25, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The vendor operating the health insurance exchange call center says its employee had no plans to misuse personal information of Access Health CT clients found in a backpack he mistakenly left outside a downtown Hartford deli.

Ilene Baylinson, a regional president at Maximus, said Monday the employee “made a mistake” and is on administrative leave.

Baylinson said the unidentified worker said he left behind the backpack Thursday afternoon. He had been sitting outside New York Deli & More waiting for a ride.

Someone eventually turned it in to Winsted Rep. Jay Case’s Capitol office. Access Health CT officials were notified Friday by Case’s staff about the bag, containing notebooks with information on 413 clients, including 151 Social Security numbers.

Baylinson said the worker jotted down the information while registering clients.

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