Advice for Consumers following the Anthem, Inc. Data Breach
State officials have been active in seeking and obtaining answers from Anthem and protections for its customers.
Anthem's dedicated website, anthemfacts.com, has ongoing information about the hack.
What to Do Now:
Meanwhile, consumers should take immediate precautionary steps to ensure their personal accounts are secure, and report any suspicious or unauthorized activity immediately.
- Get a free credit report at annualcreditreport.com now. You can also call toll-free to request reports at 1-877-322-8228. There have been other data breaches in the past 12 months, so you should be checking for any suspicious activity on your accounts. Just choose one of the three reports available to you.
- If you have an online account with Anthem, go in and change your password and pin numbers.
- Monitor the news reports for more information as it develops.
From now on, carefully check medical and Anthem insurance statements, including the Explanation of Benefits; they will show warning signs of misuse.
Look at the name of the provider, the date of service, and the service provided. Do the claims paid match the care you received? If you see a mistake, contact your health plan and report the problem.
Other warning signs:
a bill for medical services you didn’t receive
a call from a debt collector about a medical debt you don’t owe
medical collection notices on your credit report that you don’t recognize
a notice from your health plan saying you reached your benefit limit
a denial of insurance because your medical records show a condition you don’t have
In a week or two, order a second free credit report (of the two free reports still available to you) to see if there is any new, suspicious activity on your accounts.
- Take advantage of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection that will be provided by Anthem.
- Bookmark this web page, or take down the web address: www.ct.gov/AnthemAdvice. Check back frequently for updates.
- How to Find Out if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft
- What to Do if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft
- 2/25/15: Officials Urge Connecticut Residents to Sign Up for Free Anthem Protections
- 2/11 Statement from Atty. General on Anthem Identity Theft Protection
- 2/10 News Release: AG Jepsen to Anthem: End Unreasonable Delay in Providing Information to Affected Residents
- 2/9 Advisory: Beware, IRS Phone Scams Still Active
- Anthem 2/6/15 Warning to Consumers -- Beware of Phishing
- DRS Advises File Tax Early, Watch out for Turbo Tax Scheme
- Information on Medical Identity Theft
- February 6th News Release: Anthem Customers May Want to Watch Medical Statements
- February 5th News Release: State Officials Caution Anthem Consumers in Connecticut about Nationwide Data Breach
- February 5th Dept. of Insurance Consumer Alert: Consumer Alert Regarding Anthem Data Breach