Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
Computer hackers mounted a cyber attack on the largest health insurer in the Rochester area, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and other related companies, according to a report in the Democrat and Chronicle. The hack exposed more than 10 million people’s personal information in upstate New York and other areas, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, financial information, and sensitive medical information.
This is just one of a series of major digital intrusions into BlueCross affiliates and health insurers nationwide over the last two years, which have tentatively been linked to shadowy groups located in China.
While there has not yet been any indication of misuse of the information, Dr. William Valenti, senior vice president and staff physician at Trillium Health, said he though the intrusion would be “a wake-up call for all of us to make sure we deliver what we say we’ll deliver in terms of keeping people’s health information private.”
As health insurance, hopefully, continues to become more available to individuals, the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the safety of personal information will become imperative.
Health care has been a heated topic of discussion in the United States for a long time. With multiple different systems put in place attempting to find the best methods for providing health insurance to the public, it has become hard to identify exactly which programs are having positive effects.
However, according to the Democrat and Chronicle there may be some indication of the Affordable Care Act improving the status of individuals in need of health insurance. In Rochester, NY, the United States Census Bureau estimated that the number of residents without some form of health care dropped significantly in 2014.
Thanks to programs like the Affordable Care Act and the Patient Protection Act, more and more individuals are receiving health care, especially those with employee group health insurance benefits. Organizations are now required to offer health benefits to all employees when their staffing contingent equals at least 50 full-time employees.
With only about 17,000 city residents currently remaining uninsured, which is roughly 8.3% of the population and down from 11.3% in 2013, these numbers add some weight to the argument of the benefits of this health care legislation. The hope is that this reflects a national trend from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is informally referred to as “Obamacare.”
“New York state has been a leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act, and it shows,” said James R. Knickerman, president and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation . “More New Yorkers have health insurance coverage and the health and financial security that comes with it.”