What you need to know about the Anthem health care hack

As many as 80 million people may be affected

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The personal information of millions of patients has been stolen in a massive breach of the Anthem health network. Anthem is the second-largest health insurer in the country, and as many as 80 million people may be impacted by this most recent hack.

Hackers stole information about current and former customers — names, birth dates, social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment details including income; basically evertything they need to portray or clone an identity. Milagros Johnson with the Springfield Mayor’s office for Consumer Information told 22News that if your personal information ever is ever compromised, you should immediately place a fraud alert on your credit file. However, most consumers do not know that only lasts 90 days.

“I would encourage consumers to immediately follow up and request an extension of the 90 days to seven years. That must be done in writing,” Johnson said.

Anthem has created a website where customers can learn more about the breach and how they might be impacted. The address for that is anthemfacts.com. You may also call Anthem’s toll-free number at 877-263-7995.

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