BCBS of New Jersey Faces State Inquiry Over Data Breach

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey faced stiff questioning from state legislators this week over a November data breach that compromised the information of 840,000 plan members.

The breach occurred when two unencrypted laptops were stolen from BCBS offices. An internal review found the laptops contained varying amounts of member information, including names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and some clinical information.

During the hearing, evasive answers from BCBS officials, claiming the ongoing investigation limited their ability to discuss the situation, left state senators "visibly aggravated," according to a report in the Star-Ledger.

The tone of the questioning suggested the senators were not going to let BCBS officials off the hook. "I am going to buy the fact there are certain things you can't talk about today," Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) said, according to the Star-Ledger. She then added, "Come back to us" when the investigation is done to continue the discussion, according to the report.

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