A data breach was announced by Performance Health Technology (PH Tech) on Wednesday, and Oregon Health Plan members are among the affected.
PH Tech is a private vendor that helps manage member data for Pacific Source. They say hackers were able to access the personal information of at least 1.7 million members.
On July 31, PH Tech began mailing notification letters to impacted OHP members, which include an offer of free credit monitoring.
“We’re urging OHP members to activate credit monitoring as a precaution,” said Dave Baden, interim director at OHA. “It’s disheartening that bad actors are looking to exploit people in our state and that their actions create a burden for others, who have more than enough to manage already. However, there are important steps that OHP members can take to further protect their data.”
Here are the steps recommended by OHP to protect your personal information:
- Watch for additional information from PH in the mail and follow instructions to activate 12 months of free identity theft protection. OHP members will be contacted by regular first-class mail, not by phone or email.
- Request a free credit report. OHP members have the right to request one free copy of their credit report from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) every year. OHP members may be able to request reports from one company every few months throughout the year. Credit reports and monitoring can help people identify signs of identity theft and stop thieves from using information for fraudulent purposes.
- Contact PH TECH for assistance at 888-498-1602 or by going to https://response.idx.us/PHTECH for more information.