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Cyberattack Snares Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Kansas City

A company that issues health care ID cards for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City says a cyberattack in July may affect more than 400,000 Missouri policyholders.

Newkirk Products, Inc. says the breached data varied by plan but generally only included information found on members’ ID cards.

Kelly Cannon, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, said financial and medical information was not exposed.

“What I think is really important to point out in all of this is it did not include Social Security numbers, dates of birth, banking or credit card information or any kind of medical or insurance claims information," Cannon said.

Affected policyholders will get a letter from Newkirk offering two years of free identity-theft protection.