Today, Anthem, Inc., one of 37 independent licensees of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, confirmed a major data breach. Anthem issued a statement saying this breach involves their customers’ personal identifying information, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, emails and income information. At this time, Anthem does not believe customers’ medical records or credit card information are involved in the data breach.
This breach did not occur at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. 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 already takes extensive steps to protect our customers’ personal and health information, and today, we are taking even more aggressive measures to prevent such a data breach from occurring here.
A small number of our members may be affected by Anthem, Inc.’s data breach if they received care and incurred a medical claim in one of the 14 states that Anthem covers. For example, if a member was on vacation or traveling for work to one of these states and needed to seek medical treatment there, that member could have a claim and stored data in Anthem’s system. We are working diligently to identify any of our customers who could potentially be affected, and those customers will receive notification shortly.
States that Anthem, Inc. covers are:
If you got medical treatment in one of these states and are concerned you might be affected, visit www.AnthemFacts.com or call 1-877-263-7995.