A BlueCross BlueShield ID card provider suffers data breach impacting 3.3M customers: 6 points

Newkirk Products, an identification card provider for payers, encountered a data breach last week, according to Healthcare Finance.

Here are six points:

1. The breach may expose nearly 3.3 million insurance plan members' personal information.

2. Hackers did not access any health plan systems' information, according to the report.

3. In July, the company found a hacker accessed the server without proper authorization, leading the company to immediately shut down the server. Following the discovery, Newkirk started an investigation to understand the breach's scope.

4. Newirk discovered the first unauthorized access occurred on May 21, 2016.

5. Depending on members' plans, hackers may have accessed their names, dates of birth, names of dependents, primary care providers, invoice information, Medicaid ID numbers and addresses.

6. Newirk gives insurance cards to various payers including:  
•    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
•    Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
•    BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
•    BlueShield of Northeastern New York
•    HealthNow New York
•    Capital District Physicians' Health Plan

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