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An "unauthorized user" at the collections firm American Medical Collection Agency may have accessed information on 11.9 million Quest Diagnostics patients, according to a securities filing by Quest.

Why it matters: Quest Diagnostics is a major national provider of lab work, and the information stored by AMCA included "financial information (e.g., credit card numbers and bank account information), medical information and other personal information (e.g., Social Security Numbers)," according to the filing.

Details: In a statement, Quest says that its contractor Optum360 used AMCA, and that AMCA has provided neither Quest Diagnostics nor Optum360 "detailed or complete information about the AMCA data security incident, including which information of which individuals may have been affected."

  • However, Quest says the unauthorized user had access to the AMCA systems between Aug. 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.
  • Quest says it has suspended sending collections to AMCA, is abiding by all notification regulations and will work with third-party security experts to investigate the breach.

What they're saying: "We are committed to keeping our patients, health care providers, and all relevant parties informed as we learn more," Quest said in a statement.

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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