Free credit monitoring offered to Pennsylvanians after data breach

Free credit monitoring offered to Pennsylvanians after data breach

Attorney General Michelle Henry announced that Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of United Health, will provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for two years to Pennsylvania residents affected by a data breach in February that could impact millions of Americans, involving sensitive personal and health data that was leaked on the dark web.

Change Healthcare, which serves as an electronic data clearinghouse for health care providers and insurers, failed to directly notify affected individuals or widely publicize available protections. In response, Attorney General Henry took steps, including a collaborative letter with other attorneys general to UnitedHealth Group, requesting stronger protections for affected individuals.

Residents concerned about whether their data has been compromised should visit changecybersupport.com for guidance on signing up for free services or contact their dedicated call center at 1-888-846-4705. Additional assistance is available at 1-866-262-5342.

Consumers are also advised to watch for warning signs of medical identity theft, such as unknown medical bills, errors in benefit statements, or unexpected medical debt collections. Those who prefer not to use Change Healthcare’s services may want to consider freezing their credit to protect against misuse.