Data breach unlikely to affect La. Blue Cross
BATON ROUGE - With a federal investigation into a major healthcare licensee data breach ongoing, a spokesperson for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana made it clear Thursday morning that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana were not affected by the breach.
Anthem, the second-largest health insurance company in the nation, was the target of a series of cyberattacks on Thursday that resulted in a breach of the health insurer's computer networks. The company issued a statement saying the data leak includes their customers' personal identifying information, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, email addresses and income information. At this point in the investigation, Anthem does not believe the medical records or credit card information of their customers were accessed by hackers.
According to Anthem, the hackers gained access to database storing identifying information on some 80 million customers.
"I want to make it very clear that this breach did not occur at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana," said John Maginnis, spokesperson for BCBSLA. "Although both Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Anthem are part of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, we are a separate and independent plan from them and all other Blue plans in the country."
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana said they are already taking extensive steps to increase the overall security of their customer information databases to ensure that Louisiana members are not susceptible to a similar attack from hackers.
Maginnis says while Anthem does not provide healthcare coverage in Louisiana, a small number of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana members may be affected by the breach if they received care and incurred a medical claim in one of the 14 states where Anthem operates. An example of an individual who could be impacted by this would be if a BCBSLA member were traveling, became ill and needed medical treatment while in a region covered by Anthem. Following treatment, the member's information would then be stored in Anthem's database. John Maginnis says they are working hard to figure out how many, if any, customers could be affected in this way and said these customers will be notified immediately.
Anthem covers the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New York
If you're a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana member who got medical treatment in one of the states impacted by the breach and are concerned you might be affected, visit http://www.AnthemFacts.com/ or call 1-877-263-7995 for more information.
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