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Sacramento region Easter Seals data breach reported

Written notice has been sent to more than 3,000 clients of Easter Seal Society of Superior California after a laptop belonging to one of the charity’s workers was stolen.

The employee’s vehicle was broken into on Dec. 10, resulting in the theft of a number of items, including a work-issued laptop computer. E-mails containing the health information of 3,026 Easter Seals clients and potential clients could be accessed with the laptop, according to a press release for the organization.

Specific health information put at risk varied depending on the individual, but “consisted of some combination” of date of birth, health care provider information, patient identification number, health care billing information and therapy notes.

Easter Seals hired forensics experts to assist in determining the scope of the incident. The organization is not aware of any fraud or attempted fraud as a result of the theft.

Easter Seals mailed a notice to all those affected by the laptop information theft on Friday when the data breach was made public in a press release.

Easter Seals recommends that all clients affected by the theft regularly review benefits statements from health insurers. If services listed on the “explanation of benefits” statements were not received, clients should contact the health insurer.

“Easter Seals also encourages all concerned individuals to remain vigilant, to review account statements, and to monitor credit reports for suspicious activity,” stated the press release.

Easter Seal Society of Superior California serves children and adults in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

A wide variety of services are rendered. Teachers, therapists and other health professionals help people with disabilities to speak, walk, work and care for themselves.