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Mandated Health Insurance—Anthem Inc. Suffers Huge Data Breach


Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

February 2015

"Hackers have stolen information on tens of millions of Anthem Inc. customers, in a massive data breach that ranks among the largest in corporate history," CNN Money reported.

That's right..."tens of millions." The hackers stole customer information including names, birth dates, social security numbers, medical ID's, employment information, and more. It does not appear that personal medical information and credit card information was part of the hack. Still, the database that was breached contained information on almost 80 million of Anthem's customers.

Just who is Anthem, Inc.? It was once more commonly known as Wellpoint, and it is the second largest health insurance provider in America. Its plans include Healthlink, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Amerigroup, and Anthem Blue Cross.

As many Americans continue to struggle with finding affordable health insurance—as mandated by the government—the breach begs the question—should the government impose a requirement that leaves personal proprietary information vulnerable to hackers? Shouldn't the government be required to mandate some level of security from health insurance providers prior to the company offering health insurance?

No doubt, these hacks do not bode well for proponents of the health insurance mandate as Republicans continue to wage war against "Obamacare."

Read more about Anthem's data breach: Insurance giant Anthem hit by massive data breach

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