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Anthem Data Security Breach Affects Millions in Kansas, Missouri

Heartland Health Monitor is a collaborative reporting project designed to cover health issues affecting America's heartland.

Nearly 2.4 million Kansans and Missourians were affected by last month’s massive cyberattack on Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer, newly released figures show. Heartland Health Monitor’s Dan Margolies reports.


Also affected were members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and other Blue organizations, according to the Kansas Insurance Department.

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On Monday, state officials said about 389,000 Kansans were affected by the breach, including current and former members of KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, and CHIP, the federally administered health insurance program for families with children.  In Missouri, one out of three residents – or about 2 million people – may have had their personal information compromised.  Anthem customers can go to a company website, AnthemFacts.com, to sign up for two years of free credit monitoring and identify theft repair services.  Sara Belfry, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the company was contacting affected customers.
     “They’re definitely keeping us informed as they continue through this process.”
Earlier this month, Anthem said that cyber attackers had breached a company database containing as many as 80 million records of current and former customers and employees.  Dan Margolies, Heartland Health Monitor

 

Insurance Company Data Breach Affects Millions in Kansas and Missouri

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