***IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT THE ANTHEM SECURITY BREACH***
You may be aware that Anthem- Blue Cross/ Blue Shield,
the company of our health insurance network, is the victim of a
highly sophisticated cyber attack. Anthem has informed us that
its member data was accessed, and could include that of participants.
Anthem's investigation is ongoing and while we wait for them to
verify the scope and depth of the security breach, we want to
explain the risks involved and also differentiate the relationship
that our participants have with Anthem compared to the participants
that have "direct relationships" with Anthem.
As the Health Fund simply rents the Anthem network to obtain better
pricing for healthcare, American Benefit Corporation maintains the
participant's personal information and only sends the necessary date
to Anthem to ensure access to this network.
Because of this relationship, the following data is NOT sent to Anthem:
Social Security Numbers - The SSN along with the name, address and
date of birth are the key elements needed to perpetuate identity theft.
Email Address - the most troubling risk right now is that the scammers
are sending emails to victims of the Anthem breach in what is referred to
as "phishing". The email represents itself as helping the participant sign up
for credit monitoring when it is actually trying to obtain information the
scammers don't have, such as credit card information. Unless the participant
has gone to www.anthem.com and registered with them, Anthem does not
have email addresses.
Income Information - we have no reason to send income information to Anthem.
The Anthem breach is something we will continue to monitor, be we did feel it would
be beneficial to make you aware of the data that Anthem does not have for participants.
In the meantime:
DO NOT click on any links in email purported to be from Anthem.
DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
DO NOT supply any information on a website from a link in an email.
Anthem is not calling members, so DO NOT speak to anyone on the phone
claiming to represent Anthem.
Once Anthem has identified the affected participants, more information will be sent.
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