Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is taking steps to protect its members and applicants from identity theft after an independent insurance agency was broken into last month. Treat Insurance Agency reported a break-in at its North Little Rock office on June 16, 2015. Two computers, which stored information from 560 Arkansas Blue Cross applicants and members dating back to October 1, 2012, were reported stolen.
As an independent insurance agency, Treat Insurance Agency solicits applications from individuals for insurance coverage through multiple insurers, including Arkansas Blue Cross. The computers contained personal information of people who had applied for insurance through the multiple carriers. There has been no arrest or recovery of the computers, so it is unknown whether the thieves have accessed or attempted to use any of the personal information stored on the computers.
Read more on THV11. Keep in mind that ABCBS is not the only insurer whose members will have been impacted by this computer theft, but so far, I’m not seeing any press notices from any other insurer.