Premera to Pay $6.85M in HIPAA Settlement Over 2015 Data Breach

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Health insurer Premera Blue Cross agreed to pay $6.85 million to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) related to a major data breach that the company reported in 2015.

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The amount of Premera’s resolution agreement, announced September 25, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the second-largest since HIPAA’s inception—surpassed only by the $16 million paid in 2018 by Anthem Inc.

Premera operates in Washington and Alaska and is the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, serving more

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