Higgins is pleased to announce the successful restoration of systems following the cyberattack on Change Healthcare.


Higgins is pleased to announce the successful restoration of systems following the cyberattack on Change Healthcare.

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has announced that Change Healthcare, a segment of UnitedHealth Group, has successfully restored much of 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 completed over the next week.

In February, Change HealthCare publicly disclosed that it had experienced the most significant cyberattack on the U.S. healthcare system in American history. This attack had a profound impact on the healthcare industry and affected millions of Americans who rely on Change HealthCare’s services. The organization is responsible for processing 15 billion healthcare transactions annually and impacts 1 in every 3 patient’s records.

The attacker, known as ALPHV/BlackCat, demanded immediate financial compensation to restore services online. Veteran Homecare facilities and Small Business healthcare providers across South Louisiana were among those impacted by the attacks, resulting in difficulties processing payments, receiving prescriptions, and completing health claims.

Congressman Higgins emphasized the importance of addressing cyber warfare, stating that it should concern everyone. With the rise of cyberattacks, the nation must prioritize the protection of computer systems. He highlighted that American startups and small businesses often provide innovative solutions in cybersecurity and that their expertise must be utilized to prevent, mitigate, and defend against cyberattacks. It is crucial not to allow situations like the one faced by Change Healthcare to disrupt the daily lives of hardworking Americans due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the country.

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