4 recent health plan data breaches

Healthcare data breaches are on the rise, with health plans accounting for the largest share of breached records at 63 percent from 2010-17.

Three health plans that notified members about privacy breaches since the end of December:

1. Indiana Medicaid program notifies 31,876 members to PHI breach
Two separate data breaches disclosed in December 2018 exposed the protected health information of 31,876 plan members of Managed Health Services, which runs Indiana's Hoosier Healthwise and Hoosier Care Connect Medicaid programs.

2. Humana notifies members of 2018 security breach
Humana recently mailed data breach notification letters to 684 members informing them that a hacker had accessed a vendor's systems as early as May 2018.

3. BCBS of Michigan: Data breach may have affected 15,000 Medicare members
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan alerted roughly 15,000 Medicare Advantage members that their personal information may have been compromised.

4. BCBS of Michigan members face data breach for 2nd time in month
A health services provider used by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan experienced a ransomware attack in September 2018, according to a sample letter obtained by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which contracts with BCBS of Michigan.

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