The Indiana Conference received the following letter from HealthFlex, our health vendor, today.
We wanted you to know that we do not believe that any of our HealthFlex participant data was part of the data breech at Anthem, Inc. HealthFlex coverage is through Blue Cross Blue Shield of ILLINOIS and NOT ANTHEM, INC., though Anthem is the BCBS carrier for Indiana.
Dear HealthFlex Plan Sponsors:
We know that you may be receiving questions about the Anthem Blue Cross data breach on Feb 4. We wanted to assure you that we are aware of the data breach, and at this time, we do not believe that any HealthFlex participants’ data are involved. We are in close communication with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to continue to assess whether there is a risk to our participants’ data. You may want to encourage participants to keep a close eye on their accounts and credit reports for suspicious activity.
The following is information we received from BCBSIL yesterday, which includes a link to a website that Anthem has created to address questions about the incident. Our Health Team is also aware of the information below, and will share the same with any participants who call the General Board.
Information Regarding Anthem Data Breach
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Anthem, Inc., the largest of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, disclosed that its databases that store employee and customer data had been breached by hackers. It is not clear how many records have been exposed. While the investigation is still ongoing, at this time, Anthem is reporting that no medical records were accessed in the breach, but personal information, including Social Security Numbers, was accessed. Anthem has advised us that it has engaged the FBI and is in the process of conducting a detailed forensic investigation into the breach.
The security of our members' and employees' personal and health information is a top priority for Health Care Service Corporation and its five state plans – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. We are working hard with Anthem to determine whether any of our customers or employees were affected by this event. Should we discover that any of our members were impacted, you will be notified.
If you have concerns about any of your online accounts, we recommend that you monitor them closely for unusual activity. We will provide additional information as it is available.
Anthem has established a special website to address questions about this incident.
If you have any additional questions, please contact our team or your Conference/Plan Sponsor Liaison.
Kelly Wittich, MSPT, MPH
Health Plan Manager