Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas City reports data breach

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City says about 790,000 of its members are being notified that some of their personal information has been compromised in a data breach.

The issue occurred at Newkirk Products, which issues health care identification cards. Newkirk discovered the breach July 6.

BlueKC spokeswoman Kelly Cannon says the breach didn't include Social Security numbers or medical or financial information but did include names, addresses and some plan information. Commissioner Ken Selzer urged members to watch for any suspicious activity regarding medical ID card use.

Newkirk and BlueKC say there's no evidence so far that the data has been used inappropriately.

People with a BlueKC card issued between Sept. 2, 2012, and July 7, 2016, will get a letter explaining the data breach and offering them two years of free identity protection services.

Anyone with questions can call a dedicated assistance line, 1-855-303-9773 or go to Newkirk’s dedicated website, www.newkirkproductsfacts.com.

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