On January 29th, 2015 Anthem, Inc., an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, discovered a sophisticated attack by hackers to gain access to the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield IT system.
Although in Illinois the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of IL (BCBSIL) systems were not breached, it is still possible that some of your clients could be affected by the breach. Whenever a BCBSIL member receives services from a provider in a state where the local BCBS affiliate is Anthem, a record is established within their system. If your client has an Anthem record, they could be at risk. Anthem is the BCBS affiliate in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
BCBSIL has released several newsletter updates and the story has been well-covered by the national press.
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