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News broke last week that Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurance carrier, was the victim of a data breach by external hackers. This breach affects both current and potentially former clients of Anthem. WGA is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis, and here is what we know at this point.
Anthem is working with the FBI to determine the extent of the compromised data. To provide members with the most current information, Anthem has created a dedicated website – www.anthemfacts.com – that will be continually updated as well as a toll-free hotline (877-263-7995) that members can access to answer any questions that may arise. Some of the notable information from that page includes the following:
At this point, it appears that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) was not impacted. However, BCBSMA is working closely with Anthem to determine if any members were affected and if so, they will formally notify individuals in writing and take appropriate, timely action.
WGA will continue to report any information as we receive it from Anthem.
Click here for additional information on the consequences of Anthem’s Data Breach.