Blue Cross/Blue Shield Of Georgia Exposes Social Security Numbers
In an article in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Andy Miller reported that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (“Blue Cross”), Georgia’s largest health insurance provider, sent an estimated 202,000 “Explanation of Benefit” (“EOB”) and other letters to the wrong addresses last week, exposing patient names, social security numbers, medical conditions, treatment information, and other health and personal information to potential identity thieves.
State insurance commissioner John Oxendine called the security breach “very, very serious” and ordered Blue Cross to notify affected policyholders in writing, according to the article. The breach, which may violate federal law, as well as Blue Cross’s obligations to its policyholders, occurred statewide and affected both employer and individual health benefit plans.
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