Alert From Blue Shield of California

March 19, 2015

Anthem cyber attack California member impact

On Monday, February 23, 2015, Anthem, Inc. released its Cyber attack State Impact Report. Anthem's initial analysis indicates that approximately 13.5 million consumers in California were affected by this cyber attack.

 

Blue Shield of California members affected
Preliminary figures suggest that approximately 59,000 of Blue Shield of California's 3.4 million members were affected by the breach. There remains a small subset of affected Blue plan members who have not yet been identified. Should we find out that any of those members are current or former Blue Shield of California members, they will be notified as soon as possible.

 

Details
Affected Blue Shield of California members may have had their information accessed during the breach in one of two ways:

  • They are current or former Blue Shield of California members who received healthcare services over the past 10 years in any of the areas that Anthem's Blue Cross Blue Shield companies serve. 

  • They are current or former Anthem or Anthem Blue Cross members.

The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, healthcare ID numbers, home addresses, and email addresses. Anthem has advised Blue Shield of California that no credit card or banking information was compromised, nor is there evidence that medical information such as claims, test results, or diagnostic codes were targeted or obtained. Anthem reports no evidence that any of this information was misused in any way.

 

According to Anthem, broker information was not affected by this breach.

 

Outreach to members
All affected Blue Shield of California members will receive mailed notification from Anthem in the coming weeks that will provide information on free identity repair services and credit monitoring. The Anthem letter will include a cover letter from Blue Shield of California.

 

The Blue Shield of California Privacy Office will send a “preceding letter” to our 59,000 affected members informing them that they have been identified as being affected by the recent cyber attack on Anthem. This “preceding letter” will be mailed in advance of the Anthem letter.

 

Blue Shield of California members who think that they may have been affected by the cyber attack can visit www.AnthemFacts.com to learn more about Anthem's free credit monitoring and identity theft repair services.

 

Please note: All information about Anthem's offer of identity theft protection and credit monitoring is available at www.AnthemFacts.com. No proactive outreach to anyone who was potentially affected by the breach is being made by phone. If anyone has questions about the Anthem breach, please direct them to the AnthemFacts.com website for official information from Anthem.

 

Outreach to employer groups
The Blue Shield of California Privacy Office is working with Administrative Services Only (ASO) customers as per applicable law to inform ASO employers and members.

 

On March 10, 2015 Blue Shield of California will reach out to affected fully funded employer groups under the authority of Blue Shield of California's Privacy Office. We will remind groups that protection services for members are available through Anthem.

 

Have further questions? Contact The Professionals At Granite Insurance Brokers

 

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