Premera Blue Cross Inks $6.85M HIPAA Deal, 2nd Largest Ever

Law360 (September 25, 2020, 7:19 PM EDT) -- Premera Blue Cross has agreed to pay $6.85 million to settle a probe into whether it breached the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in its handling of a 2015 data breach that affected nearly 11 million people, U.S. health officials said Friday.

The health insurer's settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is the second-largest payment ever made to resolve a HIPAA investigation, officials said, trailing only insurance giant Anthem's 2018 agreement to pay $16 million to settle alleged violations stemming from a cyberattack that exposed the personal information of about 79 million people. 

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