Anthem Inc., the country's second-largest health insurance company and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate operating in 14 states, has reported a data breach that could affect 80 million of its customers and employees.
Personal information was obtained from Anthem’s current and former members such as their names, birthdays, member identification (ID) and/or Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. No medical or financial data (including credit card data) was obtained.
Mark Adams, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Chief Security Officer emphasized that BCBSNE and Anthem are separate companies with separate IT systems. From what we know today, Adams said, this data breach has not impacted any of BCBSNE’s local IT systems.
“We take particular care and go to great lengths to safeguard our member’s personal and medical information,” Adams said. “We have extensive data security measures and continuous monitoring in place to deter events such as this.”
BCBSNE is working with Anthem to determine the impact on BCBSNE members, and will work together to help those members as more information becomes available. Anthem plans to notify impacted members in the coming weeks.
Anthem members who may be impacted include members from these plans: Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare. Some of those impacted members may live in Nebraska.
Members with concerns are being encouraged to go to www.anthemfacts.com or call (877) 263-7995 for more information. Anthem is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to impacted members.