Premera Blue Cross announced that it was hit with a cyberattack in January 2015. Approximately 11 million people potentially had their private information compromised in the attack. Premera does not operate in Utah, but Regence BlueCross BlueShield customers could be at risk if they have received out-of-state medical care in the past decade.
“Premera writes health insurance business in Alaska and Washington, which are two popular travel destinations for Utahns,” said Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser. “Any Utahns who may have received medical attention in either of those states after 2002 should take steps to protect themselves and their identities.”
People who think their personal information may have been compromised can visit www.PremeraUpdate.com to get the most up-to-date information about the breach. Premera is offering two years of credit monitoring and identity protection to affected consumers.
While the scope of this attack is much smaller than the Anthem attack that happened around the same time, consumers should remain vigilant. Premera’s investigation has not determined that any data was downloaded, but the hackers gained access to names, bank account information, Social Security numbers, medical histories and other personal information.
Premera began sending letters to affected members on March 17, 2015, but if you believe your information was compromised, go to www.PremeraUpdate.com to learn more and enroll in free credit monitoring and identity protection.
Premera and Regence will be contacting affected members only by U.S. Mail. DO NOT give personal details to anyone who contacts you over the phone or by e-mail. NEVER give out bank account information, PIN numbers, Social Security numbers, or other personal information to people who call unsolicited.
Premera Hack: Some Regence Policyholders May Be At Risk