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Health insurer's hard drives missing, almost a million people at risk

Health insurer's hard drives missing, almost a million people at risk
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We're always telling you to protect your identity when you're online by using a strong Internet security program. However, sometimes, there's just nothing you can do to protect your identity, including your Social Security number.

Unfortunately, nearly 1 million people have had their personal information go missing, and there is nothing you could have done to stop it. Whether criminals stole the data or it's lost is unclear.

Personal information for 950,000 health insurance patients is missing. If you are insured by St. Louis-based Centene Corp. and received laboratory services between 2009 and 2015, your personal information, including your Social Security number and address, may be at risk.

Centene announced earlier this week that it can't find six of its computer hard drives. An investigation is underway.

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