Premera breach may include State Health Plan, BlueChoice members


BlueCross BlueShield (BCBSSC) of South Carolina told the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) last week that some members might have been affected by the recent Premera Blue Cross data breach.

Members that may have been affected include some current and former State Health Plan members and former BlueChoice HealthPlan HMO members. Data that was breached includes information for members who received services as part of the BlueCard program in Alaska or Washington State.

The BlueCard program is applicable when members receive services outside of South Carolina. The out-of-state health care providers file claims with the BCBS affiliate in their state, then the information is passed securely between BCBSSC and other BCBS affiliate systems to process claims.

Premera is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving Alaska and Washington state.

BueCross assures the public that neither PEBA’s or BCBSSC’s computer systems were breached. BCBSSC and Premera are currently assessing the extent of the data breach and identifying the individuals who may have been affected.

PEBA encouraged current or former State Health Plan or BlueChoice Health Plan HMO members who received health care provider services in Washington or Alaska and who think they may have been impacted to read the information on Premera’s website, premeraupdate.com.

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