Higgins warmly embraces the restoration of systems following the cyberattack on Change Healthcare

Higgins warmly embraces the restoration of systems following the cyberattack on Change Healthcare

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced that Change Healthcare, a segment of UnitedHealth Group, has partially restored its electronic payment system following a 3-week system outage caused by a ransomware attack. Claims processing is set to resume on March 15, with a full system restoration expected to be phased in over the next week.

In February, Change HealthCare revealed that it had experienced the most significant cyberattack on the U.S. health care system in American history. This attack had severe repercussions not only on the health care industry but also on millions of Americans dependent on Change HealthCare’s services. The organization processes 15 billion health care transactions annually and handles 1 in every 3 patients’ records.

The ransomware group ALPHV/BlackCat demanded immediate financial compensation to restore services online. Veteran Homecare facilities and Small Business health care providers across South Louisiana were among those impacted by the attacks, causing disruptions in payment processing, prescription reception, and health claims fulfillment.

Congressman Higgins emphasized the importance of prioritizing the protection of computer systems in the face of increasing cyber threats. He highlighted the need to tap into the expertise of American startups and small businesses in developing innovative solutions to prevent, mitigate, and defend against cyberattacks. It is crucial to ensure that the nation’s cyber capabilities are up to par to safeguard the daily lives of hardworking Americans and compete effectively in the international marketplace.

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