Selections from What’s Trending This Week — February 6, 2015
1. THE GOOD:
McAuliffe Attends Enrollment Event in Richmond
On Friday morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe attended a health insurance sign-up event at Hotchkiss Community Center in Richmond.
New federal figures show that nearly 330,000 Virginians, including 55,165 people in the Richmond area, have signed up for health insurance for 2015 through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. McAuliffe praised the efforts of those who have helped reach this number and stressed the importance of the upcoming nine days — the last days of open enrollment — in reaching Virginia’s goal of 360,000 enrollees this year.
Open enrollment to sign up for coverage on the marketplace ends on February 15. Don’t wait — sign up today and #GetCovered! Visit Cover Virginia or ACAHelpVA.org for more information and free, in-person assistance!
Anthem Suffers Major Information Hack
Reports have surfaced this week with news that Anthem Inc. has suffered a major data breach, with hackers stealing data on tens of millions of Anthem customers. The information allegedly includes names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment information, including income data. There is no evidence that credit card or medical information was compromised, Anthem said.
Anthem released an official statement, part of which can be read below:
“Anthem will individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed. We will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge so that those who have been affected can have peace of mind. We have created a dedicated website – www.AnthemFacts.com – where members can access information such as frequent questions and answers. We have also established a dedicated toll-free number that both current and former members can call if they have questions related to this incident. That number is: 1-877-263-7995. As we learn more, we will continually update this website and share that information you.”
For those who think they may have been affected by the hack, click here for some ways to protect yourself and your private information. Anthem members can expect physical letters within the next two weeks from the company, giving them more information about the attack.
3. THE UGLY:
Measles Is Back In The U.S.
After a rise in confirmed cases after an outbreak in Disneyland in December, measles is back in the U.S. To learn more about the current outbreak, the etiology of measles, vaccination, and more, click here.
For a more hypothetical look at the spread of measles, check out this data based on differing vaccination rates.