Anthem data breach hits South Carolina customers

A recent national data breach many have affected some health insurance customers in South Carolina.

South Carolina residents who purchased health insurance policies from Anthem Life Insurance Company, Unicare Life and Health Insurance Company, and Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company may have been affected by the recent Anthem Insurance data breach.

In 2013, Anthem sold $2 million worth of insurance premiums through these companies in this state.

The cyber attack compromised an estimated 80 million people across the country.

In South Carolina, Anthem also provides services for BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid members and their data may have been stolen, too, the S.C. Department of Insurance announced Wednesday.

The department did not estimate how many people in South Carolina may have been effected.

Earlier this month, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina said in a statement that its security wasn’t breached, but added that some of its members, as well as those covered by BlueChoice Health Plan HMO, the State Health Benefit Plan, and the South Carolina Health Insurance Pool, or any Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association affiliated company, could be affected if they received medical care while in one of the 14 states where Anthem, Inc. operates.

The state Department of Insurance, the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Employee Benefit Authority are participating in the investigation into the data breach, a press release explained.

Insurance Director Ray Farmer said South Carolina’s insurance department is one of seven states leading an examination to review Anthem’s security procedures.

“We take the issue of cybersecurity very seriously,” Farmer said in a prepared statement.

Anthem is offering current and former customers credit protection services for free.

For more information, visit www.anthem.allclearid.com or call 877-263-7995.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.