Anthem Inc., the parent company of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Georgia, says as many as 80 million customers have had their account information stolen in a massive data breach. The Georgia division is among groups affected, according to a report at Atlanta Business Chronicle. Other company plans/brands affected include: Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare. Hackers gained access to Anthem’s computer system and took information including names, birthdays, medical IDs/Social Security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment information.

The ongoing dispute between the City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools over debt owed by the Atlanta BeltLine has ensnared new superintendent Meria Carstarphen. The Beltline owes APS $13.5 million in deferred tax payments and Mayor Kasim Reed is currently leading negotiations with the school system. According to WABE, Carstarphen reportedly said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that the city won’t turn over the deed to long-vacant Adair Park Elementary School on the city’s west side, effectively blocking its planned sale. Reed immediately went on the attack, calling Carstarphen’s claim a “political stunt” and stating that the superintendent  “doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”  The city holds the deeds to several vacant APS properties and they are being used in the negotiations over the BeltLine debt, Reed said.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.