By Maria Boynton

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says that the recent data breach and cyber-attack of Anthem Inc.’s computer system has potentially impacted more than 3.7 million Georgians who may have had their personal information compromised. Anthem is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

According to a news release from Hudgen’s office, Anthem announced earlier this month that their computer network was criminally attacked by individuals who gained unauthorized access to personal and private information. Included in the information compromised were member names, member health identification numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, employment information and income data. Approximately 3,726,249 of Anthem’s current and former Georgia policyholders are affected. No credit card information or confidential health information has been identified as being in the security breach.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies are actively investigating this criminal act”. said Hudgens. “Anthem has begun notifying their current and former members whose information has been accessed, and I strongly urge Georgians to take advantage of the free credit monitoring and identity protection services being offered by Anthem.”

Anthem, according to Hudgen’s office, will provide consumers, whose information was accessed credit monitoring and identity theft protection for 24 months through AllClear ID. The AllClear ID service is automatically available to affected Georgians with no enrollment required. AllClear ID can be reached at 1-877-263-7995 or at https://anthem.allclearid.com/. The state Commissioner of Insurance is urging those, who believe they may have been impacted by the security breach, to call Anthem’s toll-free number at 877-263-7995, or visit http://www.anthemfacts.com. For further assistance, they can also contact Hudgens’ Consumer Services Division at 800-656-2298.

The Anthem affiliates affected in Georgia by the breach include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA, Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Plans of GA, Amerigroup Corporation/AMGP Georgia Managed Care Company, Inc., and Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company. In addition, consumers who are covered by a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan based in any of the following states where Anthem, Inc. operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield are also impacted: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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