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Possible Breach with Data Security – BC/BS

Feb 08, 2015

To our MEA-Retired members who use Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance:
We are aware of the possible breach of data security that you may have seen in the news and have been in contact with BCBS.  We will pass on information as we get it from the ORS and BCBS.  MEA-Retired

This message is from the Office of Retirement Services Facebook page 2/6/15:

"We are in close contact with Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI to understand whether any of our retirees or their dependents had their information compromised as part of the Anthem data breach. At this time there is no indication that this is the case, but BCBSM is still gathering data about the scope of the breach. BCBSM is investigating the matter fully and will be communicating directly to customers about what is going on and the impact to them. Please call BCBSM if you have immediate concerns about the breach or have any related questions. In the meantime, here's an article with further information and helpful tips you might consider if you are concerned."

Anthem Hotline:  1-877-263-7995 

Online resources:  scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on FAQs

This message is from our BCBS representative, Branko Bojicic:

"BCBSM is working with Anthem to find out what impacts it may have on Michigan Blues members.  As more information becomes available I will share with you. As you know, information security has been a top priority at BCBSM and BCN for years. As hacking becomes more sophisticated and new types of data threats emerge, we continually evaluate and update our internal controls to ensure privacy and security for our members.  Anthem has established  a web site and a call center for immediate information." He also referred us to the website for more information.  Today that website has this message:  "Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack. Based on what we know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information were targeted or compromised."

Reports from the media:

Anthem health data breach affects millions