BCBS of Kansas City hit by data breach

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)– The Kansas Commissioner of Insurance has warned that members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City may have been hit by a data breach.

An official told 13 news that Ken Selzer, the Kansas Insurance Commissioner warned that members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City need to safeguard their financial and health information following a data breach that accessed information on their medical ID cards.

The department was notified that Newkirk Products, the company that prints medical cards for BCBS of Kansas City, suffered a data breach could affect personal information for over 240,000 Kansans insured by the company.

Insurance officials stressed that BCBS of KC is separate from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and did not involve Social Security numbers, dates of birth, banking, credit card information, claims information or health information, they did urge members to be on the look-out for any suspicious activity regarding medical ID card use.

Officials said that Newkirk Products, Inc., is sending notification letters to impacted members and will offer two years of identity protection and restoration services. If you believe this may affect you a dedicated assistance line, 1-855-303-9773 has been established

Author: WITS Curators

Bo Washington is a Certified Computer Specialist and the owner and operator of Washington IT Solutions, a local Bartlesville computer repair company. He has been fixing computers since the late 90's and has clocked up thousands of hours performing hardware upgrades, system builds, software installations, virus and spyware removal using the most up to date techniques and general computer services.

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