On July 25, 2015, Healthfirst Inc. notified approximately 5,300 of its members that their information may have been compromised during a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against it.
The fraudulent scheme was discovered by Healthfirst in 2013, and it notified the Department of Justice (DOJ), which began an investigation and ultimately charged the perpetrator with fraud. The DOJ discovered during its investigation that the criminal accessed and stole member information through Healthfirst’s online portal between April 2012 and March 2014, and the DOJ informed Healthfirst of this fact on May 27, 2015. The information compromised included members’ name, address, date of birth, health insurance plan information, description of missing services, physician number, Healthfirst member ID number, patient ID number, claim number, diagnosis codes, Medicare and Medicaid ID number.
Healthfirst is providing affected individuals with credit monitoring and restoration services and has cautioned its members to review their Explanation of Benefits statements closely.