18,500 Medicare Members May Be Exposed in Anthem Data Breach
A data breach at Anthem may have exposed the Social Security numbers and medical information of more than 18,500 Medicare members, and the company is saying an employee at one of its consulting firms, LaunchPoint Ventures, is involved.
LaunchPoint, which handles insurance coordination services, contacted Anthem on June 14. They said in a statement that in April, one of its employees had been involved in an identity theft case. That employee had also allegedly emailed information about Anthem’s members to his personal email address in 2016. The emailed file included names, Medicare ID numbers, Social Security numbers, health plan ID numbers, dates of enrollment, and limited birthdates and last names.
The employee has since been terminated and is in jail on charges unrelated to this breach. LaunchPoint says it is also reevaluating its security policies and has launched an investigation alongside law enforcement.
On July 24, Anthem notified the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to reporting the breach to members. Affected members are being given two years of free credit monitoring and theft restoration services.
This is Anthem’s second breach in the past three years. The company blamed a foreign government for a 2014 breach that exposed the information of 78 million members, including at least 12 million minors. In that breach, social security numbers, birthdates, and employment details were all accessed.