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Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm 

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NYPFRA Member:

The NYPFRA received the following information from the the PREA and we are fowarding to all of our online members & it will be in the next newsletter.  I called the 1-877-263-7995 number below and it was suggested that all persons using the Empire Plan & NYSHIP to call ALLCLEAR ID for credit protection.  Thank you for your attention in this matter.  NYPFRA Newsletter Chairman- William Wicoff.

Empire Plan and NYSHIP
Member Data Stolen

Mailed Notification

Anthem will also tell likely impacted current and former members by U.S. Postal Service how to enroll in free credit monitoring and identity protection services. Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack.  



You should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as "phishing"), are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a "click here" link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem.

  • DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
  • DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in email.
  • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or Social Security numbers over the phone. For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC Website:

Toll-Free Hotline

Anthem has established a dedicated toll-free number that you can call if they have questions related to this incident. That number is 877-263-7995.  

Empire Plan
Dear William,

Anthem, Inc., the parent organization for Empire BlueCross and BlueShield (the hospital administrator for The Empire Plan and the NYSHIP Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO) reported an extensive security breach of their member data on February 5. Names, dates of birth, member IDs/Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information of current and former members were impacted.  

Sign-Up for Free 2 Year Identity Protection

Anthem is working with AllClear ID, a white_mouse_keyboard.jpg

trusted identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to current or former members of an affected Anthem plan dating back to 2004. This includes customers of Anthem, Inc. companies Amerigroup, Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, Caremore, and Unicare. Additionally customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies who used their Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance in one of fourteen states where Anthem, Inc. operates may be impacted and are also eligible: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

AllClear ID is ready and standing by to assist you if you need identity repair assistance. This service is automatically available to you with no enrollment required. If a problem arises, simply call 877-263-7995 and a dedicated investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore your credit, and make sure your identity is returned to its proper condition. Call centers are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. From Monday, Feb. 16 to Friday, Feb. 20, the call center will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

For additional protection, and at no cost, you may also enroll in the AllClear PRO service at any time during the 24 month coverage period.  

This service includes credit monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy. Please enroll at

Those without Internet access or who prefer assistance via

Pension News Articles
Under Pension News Articles in the menu options there are two new very scary articles.  Let the States Go Bankrupt & To Save the States.  This issue is beginning to gain ground with federal legislators. Read More...
News Concerns and Pension & Health Ins. News Articles
Please note:  In the main Menu under News Concerns and Pension & Health Ins. News Articles there are several links to many articles that have been in the NY papers.  Their content may appear to be related to NYC but there impact will be felt across the state as other municipalities start to do comparisons in the same way within their own police and firefighter ranks.    Be extremely thankful that the NYS Constitution prohibits pensions from being diminished.  This is an issue we have fought to keep in place over the years when the NYS Constitutional Convention issues arise.  The health insurance issue will continued to be attacked. 
Special Note:  Medicare:  You Must Enroll      NYSHIP requires you and your dependents to be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B when first eligible You/your dependents must be enrolled when first eligible even if also covered through another employer's group plan. Read More...
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