LaunchPoint Medicare Privacy Concern Impacting Medicare MembersJuly 24, 2017
- What You Need to Know. And What We’re Doing to Protect You.
Anthem takes data security and privacy protection seriously. Anthem’s Medicare insurance coordination services vendor, LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC (LaunchPoint) recently found a privacy incident that affects approximately 18,580 Medicare members. If you are affected, LaunchPoint will send you more information in the mail. Meanwhile, Anthem will stay in touch with LaunchPoint about the incident.
- What Happened?
LaunchPoint handles insurance coordination services for Anthem companies and subsidiaries. On April 12, 2017, LaunchPoint learned an employee was likely involved in identity theft related activities. LaunchPoint hired a forensic expert to investigate. On May 28, 2017, LaunchPoint learned some other non-Anthem data may have been misused by the employee. LaunchPoint found that the employee emailed a file with protected health information (PHI) to his personal email address on July 8, 2016. This is against LaunchPoint’s policies. The investigation is on-going. LaunchPoint does not know if the email was for a work-related purpose.
- What Information Was Involved?
On June 12, 2017, LaunchPoint determined the file included Protected Health Information (“PHI”) of Anthem members and reported the incident to Anthem on June 14, 2017. LaunchPoint does not have any information to suggest that the data on the file was misused.
The personal information in the file contains:
- Medicare ID numbers, (which includes a Social Security number)
- Health plan ID numbers (HCID)
- Medicare contract numbers
- Dates of enrollment
- Limited numbers of last names and birthdates
- What is LaunchPoint Doing?
LaunchPoint terminated the employee, hired a forensic expert to investigate, and is working with law enforcement. The employee is in prison and is under investigation by law enforcement for matters unrelated to the e-mailed Anthem file.
To help impacted members, LaunchPoint is notifying them and offering information on how to better protect against potential identity theft and fraud. They will also have access to two years of credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services with AllClear ID at no cost.
For information on how to enroll in the credit monitoring services, please call the toll-free dedicated assistance line at 1-855-836-1563. It’s available Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST, not including major national holidays.
- What You Can Do.
Keep an eye on your credit report. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers tips to help you be proactive in protecting yourself against identity theft. This information is available through:
- The FTC website: ftc.gov
- Phone: 1-877-438-4338
Consumer Response Center
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, H-130
Washington, DC 20580
It’s also a good idea to review statements from your accounts and from time to time get your credit report from one or more of the national credit reporting companies. You may get a free copy of your credit report yearly in these ways:
- Online at annualcreditreport.com
- Call toll-free 1-877-322-8228
Mail an Annual Credit Report Request Form (forms are on their website at annualcreditreport.com) to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
PO Box 105281
Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5281
You also may get a copy of your credit report from one or more of these three national credit reporting companies:
PO BOX 740241
ATLANTA GA 30374-0241
PO BOX 9532
ALLEN TX 75013
PO Box 2000
CHESTER, PA 19022
To place a credit freeze with one or more of the three national credit reporting companies, please contact the company. You can also visit their credit freeze websites listed below: