On Monday, February 23, 2015, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC) informed the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) that some current and former State Health Plan members and former BlueChoice HealthPlan HMO members may have been affected by the Anthem Inc., data breach that was announced January 29, 2015.
Please be assured that neither PEBA’s nor BCBSSC’s computer systems were breached. PEBA’s commitment to data security remains constant and is always at the forefront of the agency’s operations.
BCBSSC and Anthem are evaluating the extent of the breach and identifying the individuals who may have been impacted. Data that was breached includes information for members who received services as part of the BlueCard® program in one of the 14 states in which Anthem operates: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The BlueCard® program applies when members receive care outside of South Carolina. The out-of-state health care providers file claims with the BCBS affiliate in their respective state and the information is securely passed between the BCBSSC and other BCBS affiliate’s systems to process claims. PEBA encourages current or former State Health Plan member or former BlueChoice HealthPlan HMO members who know they received health care provider services in one of the states listed above and believe they may have been impacted to read the information on Anthem’s website at www.anthemfacts.com and www.anthemfacts.com/faq.
PEBA is closely monitoring this situation and will provide updates as additional details become available. For now, more information about the breach may be found at www.anthemfacts.com and www.anthemfacts.com/faq.
The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) was created July 1, 2012, by the South Carolina General Assembly as part of Act No. 278. PEBA is a state agency responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems.
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The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority is the state agency responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems.