Well maybe not the good news we wanted to hear about the notebook possibly being found, but here’s the next best available bit of news on the security breach with providers from Blue Cross, one extra year of credit monitoring. Just a question, but does anyone really pay for this service until there is a possible compromise? Just a pondering thought I had along this line. The Attorney General in Connecticut is pursuing the issue and has pretty much attacked their security policies all the way around. BD
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating Blue Cross Blue Shield's loss of confidential information, including tax identification and Social Security numbers, for 800,000 healthcare providers nationwide.
The attorney general is also seeking additional identity theft protection for affected doctors, therapists, and other professionals, according to a statement from the attorney general issued last week.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the targeted companies, said it will extend credit monitoring to two years for affected providers. Healthcare providers can protect themselves by asking the three major credit rating agencies to place a free "fraud alert" on their credit reports, the AG's office said. The companies are: Equifax - 1-800-525-6285; Experian - 1-888-397-3742; TransUnion - 1-800-680-7289. Healthcare providers can also have major credit rating agencies freeze their credit, preventing new credit from being taken out in their names without express authorizations, in writing by certified mail. Credit bureaus charge $10 to freeze and $12 to temporarily un-freeze credit. The AG will seek reimbursement for those fees.