The personal information of an estimated 8,000 former members of the failed Louisiana Health Cooperative may have been compromised by a data breach at the co-op's reinsurance broker, according to the state Insurance Department.
Summit Reinsurance Services, the co-op's broker for the 2014 plan year, maintained policyholder information as part of its services to some insurance companies. The data breach at Summit may have exposed information, including names, Social Security numbers and health insurance information, to unauthorized individuals. However, Summit said it has not found evidence that personal information on the affected server was misused or attempted to be misused.
The co-op stopped writing policies at the end of 2015. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon recommended that people who had a policy with the co-op check their mail for notices and monitor their financial accounts for any unusual activity.
Consumers who think they've been affected should also:
• Call the Summit help line, (877) 215-9747, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers should provide reference number 2996113016. Former LAHC policyholders can also visit www.mylahc.org for more information.
• Register for credit monitoring. Summit is offering credit protection services for those potentially impacted by the breach. Summit will provide consumers with an activation code to activate credit monitoring at FamilySecure.com.