Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, said Friday it is working with the Hartford police to determine the origin of a backpack found in downtown Hartford with personal information that appears related to some of its accounts.

“Earlier today, we received a report that an individual in Hartford discovered a backpack on Trumbull Street containing four notepads with personal information for approximately 400 individuals,” said Kevin Counihan, the chief executive of Access Health CT. “The backpack also contained Access Health CT paperwork and it appears as though some of that personal information may be associated with Access Health CT accounts.”

Access Health CT is located on Trumbull Street in Hartford.

 “It is still unclear where the backpack came from, and we are working the Hartford Police Department to investigate, and contact the individuals whose information may be compromised,” Counihan said.

Counihan said he will release more information as soon as it is available.

“Let me be clear: we are sorry this happened,” he said. “This is a very serious situation and we will hold the person or persons who are responsible to account. We will work tirelessly until we have remedied this problem and can prevent any such reoccurrence.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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