Anthem Will Cover Credit Freezes for Minors Affected by Data Breach
Anthem insurance company is taking an extra step to protect minors exposed during the data breach of 2014. Any person who was under 18 on January 27, 2015 can receive a free credit freeze under Anthem’s new program.
78 million member accounts were exposed in the data breach, including 12 million minors. Many parents chose to put a freeze on their children’s credit to protect them from identity theft. With a credit freeze in place, a person cannot take out a loan, credit card, or any other line of credit until a freeze removal is requested.
Getting a credit freeze costs money because information has to be sent to each credit bureau. Anthem is offering to reimburse parents for expenses related to their children’s credit freeze, or pay to have a credit freeze put in place. This offer extends to current adults who were minors when the data breach occurred. Anthem will also pay to have a credit freeze removed when the time comes.
To request a freeze for minors or to have credit freeze expenses reimbursed, visit AnthemFacts.com.
“There’s no proof that anyone’s information was misused, but we want you to have extra peace of mind,” the company said in a statement.