Hackers Get Into HMSA Patient Data

A data breach at health insurer Anthem Inc. occurred in early February 2015, and affected about 80 million customers, including an estimated 18,000 current and former HMSA members.

HMSA members who received medical care outside Hawaii may have been affected.

Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information that can be used for identity theft were stolen.

When hackers get hold of your medical IDs (health plan membership numbers, account numbers, Medicare numbers) and personal health information, you may become a victim of Medical Identity Theft. Hackers can use stolen Medicare numbers to bill for medical care and prescription drugs, leading Medicare to pay false claims and leaving you with bills for services you didn’t receive.

Hackers feed on anxiety and confusion. Watch out for scammers who use incidents like this to con you into giving out personal information, such as bank account or credit card information, to pay for services supposedly to help you. Watch out for phony websites that may look like they belong to Anthem or HMSA. If you were affected, HMSA and Anthem would have contacted you by U.S. postal mail to inform and advise you.