Information Regarding Anthem Insurance Breech
January, 2015

Blue Shield's statement:

“Blue Shield of California is aware of the Anthem Inc. cyber-attack and we are working to gather more information and understand the scope of this issue. In California, Anthem Blue Cross is separate and independent from Blue Shield of California, though some members could be affected due to various collaborative agreements between Blue Plans throughout the country.

We continually assess and monitor the security of our IT systems and employ advanced and up-to-date security measures. For additional information and assistance about the Anthem situation, visit www.AnthemFacts.com or call their dedicated toll-free phone line at 1-877-263-7995.”


CalPERS statement:

Dear Valued Stakeholders,

As many of you have heard in the news, our health plan partner Anthem Blue Cross disclosed late last night that hackers breached its computer systems and the personal information of its members. Like you, we are very concerned and frustrated about this unacceptable breach. We have been in touch with Anthem this morning to ensure they are doing everything possible to protect our members and their families who are enrolled in the plan.

Anthem has said that the breach included access to customers' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information. However, no personal health care information or credit cards numbers were compromised.

Anthem will individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed and will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge so that those who have been affected can have peace of mind going forward.

Anthem has also established a website -- www.AnthemFacts.com -- where members can access information about the situation as well as a dedicated toll-free number for questions about this incident: (877) 263-7995. We are also promoting this information through our social media channels and with stakeholders like you and encourage you to share it with your members and networks as well.

We will keep you updated with any new information we learn on this issue and appreciate your help and partnership in protecting our members and their personal data.