Anthem's Data Breach Impacts Many Anthem and Non-Anthem Plans: Necessary Employer Actions Now


On January 29, 2015, Anthem, Inc., an insurer and service provider for many employer-sponsored health plans, discovered a cyber-attack that compromised the personal health plan data of millions of current and former participants in Anthem's affiliated health plans, as well as many independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield ("BCBS") plans where Anthem processed claims through the "BlueCard" program.

Anthem's investigation to date indicates names, dates of birth, ID numbers, social security numbers, home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and employment information were accessed. Due to the massive scope of this breach and the relationships between Anthem and other health plans that are not labeled Anthem or BCBS, employers should not assume that their health plans were unaffected if they are not directly contracting with Anthem or BCBS.

Excerpted from March 6, 2015, alert. To read the full article, click here.

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