The national health insurance provider Anthem recently disclosed that it was the target of a sophisticated external cyber attack. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) — the claims administrator for many of MIT’s health plans — is affiliated with Anthem and has been analyzing data, provided by Anthem, to determine whether there is any impact on current or former MIT members or their families.
BCBSMA members and their dependents that received care in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, or Wisconsin within the last 10 years may be affected. If you and your dependents have not received care in one of these states in the past 10 years, you should not be affected.
MIT has been told that it will take a few weeks to determine whether there is an impact on any current or former BCBSMA members in our community. If Anthem and/or BCBSMA believe you have been affected, they will be contacting you directly. In the interim, you can visit http://www.anthemfacts.com for the most up-to-date information from Anthem and a list of FAQs.
We want you to know that Anthem is making two years of free credit monitoring and identity-theft repair services available to you. You are encouraged to take advantage of these services if you believe there is a chance that you have been affected. If interested, please review: “How to Request Additional Protection.” Members do not have to wait to receive a notification letter to access these services.
As a word of caution: Anthem has reported scam emails and phone calls targeting current and former plan members. These scams are designed to capture personal information and give the false impression they originate from Anthem. You are advised not to click on links, open attachments, reply to emails, or answer unsolicited phone calls that request your personal information.