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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:45 AM

How the Democratic majority can promote healthcare reform without legislation

Grill healthcare execs over things like these:

The Anthem medical data breach was a medical data breach of information held by Anthem Inc.

On February 4, 2015, Anthem, Inc. disclosed that criminal hackers had broken into its servers and potentially stolen over 37.5 million records that contain personally identifiable information from its servers.[1] On February 24, 2015 Anthem raised the number to 78.8 million people whose personal information was affected. [2] According to Anthem, Inc., the data breach extended into multiple brands Anthem, Inc. uses to market its healthcare plans, including, Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, and UniCare.[3] Healthlink says it was also a victim.[4] Anthem says the medical information and financial data was not compromised. Anthem has offered free credit monitoring in the wake of the breach.[5] According to Bloomberg News, China may be responsible for this data breach. Michael Daniel, chief adviser on cybersecurity for President Barack Obama, said he would be changing his own password.[6] According to The New York Times about 80 million company records were hacked, and there is fear that the stolen data will be used for identity theft. [7] The compromised information contained names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment information, including income data.[8][9]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthem_medical_data_breach

California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed outrage after CNN showed him a transcript of the testimony and said his office is looking into how widespread the practice is within Aetna.

"If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that's of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California -- and potentially a violation of law," he said.

Aetna, the nation's third-largest insurance provider with 23.1 million customers, told CNN it looked forward to "explaining our clinical review process" to the commissioner.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/11/health/aetna-california-investigation/index.html

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