Nearly 390,000 Kansas consumers might have been affected by a massive data breach disclosed earlier this year by health insurer Anthem Inc., the Kansas Insurance Department said.
The nation’s second-largest health insurer, which is a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, said the cyberattack had exposed names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other sensitive details on about 80 million Americans.
No credit card information or confidential health information has been identified as being exposed in the security breach, Kansas insurance regulators said.
In the wake of the attack, Kansas insurance officials been trying to assess the impact on Anthem policyholders in the state. Based on information from Anthem, Kansas regulators said 389,432 Kansans who were current or former customers were potentially at risk.
That number includes members of Amerigroup Kansas, which is for Medicaid recipients; Anthem national and employer accounts; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; and other members of the Blue health care organization.
“Kansans who have been affected will receive a mailed company notification in the coming weeks,” state insurance commissioner Ken Selzer said in a statement.
In Missouri, insurance regulators estimated that more than two million policyholders potentially were affected.
Anthem is offering people who were affected two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft repair services. The company has created a special website — AnthemFacts.com — to help consumers enroll in the program. Anthem said customers can access the credit monitoring services at any time during the two-year coverage period.
More information can be found at https://anthem.allclearid.com, or by calling 1-877-263-7995 .
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