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A Healthy Boost in Columbus

April 11, 2013

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Columbus, GA--(April 11, 2013)--As part of a comprehensive effort to support its customers as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) announced today the addition of 200 plus new jobs to be located at its facility in Columbus.

“This is an exciting day for our company and for the city of Columbus,” said Morgan Kendrick, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.  “These are important jobs with solid benefits and the new positions will be specifically focused on helping our customers better navigate the changes that are coming under the ACA.”

As one of state’s major employers, BCBSGa currently employs nearly 3,000 associates in eight locations across Georgia.  Mr. Kendrick added that the new positions will be housed at the company’s facility on Warm Springs Road and will include both entry level and managerial positions in the areas of customer service, claims, training and other operational functions.  With the addition of the new jobs, BCBSGa will have more than 1400 associates in Columbus.

“We’re very excited to see these jobs coming to our city,” said Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of the City of Columbus.  “It will provide a real boost to our local economy and we’re looking forward to partnering closely with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia in this effort.”

According to Mr. Kendrick, the new jobs are being filled in phases with all hiring expected to be concluded by late summer.  “As a local Georgia corporate citizen for more than 75 years, we’re proud of our long legacy as a major employer.  Today’s announcement truly represents a ‘win-win’.  We would like to thank our partners with the City of Columbus, The Development Authority of Columbus, The Georgia Department of Labor, The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce,  and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for continued support of our growth in the State.  Through this supportive partnership, we are able to provide these key jobs to help better service our customers.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia also announced that it will be holding a job fair on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event is presented in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor and will be held at their Columbus, GA location at 700 Veterans Parkway.  Applicants will need to bring an updated resume. For more details on the fair, please contact the GDOL Columbus Career Center at 706-649-7423.  Applicants unable to attend the event may make online application beginning April 20th at the Georgia Department of Labor website http://www.dol.state.ga.us.
BCBSGa celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012, and as the state’s largest and longest-standing insurer, serves more than 2.4 million members, offering a variety of healthcare plans, including medical, dental, life and specialty programs.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association®. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSGaPR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInBCBSGa, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin or check out the Our Health Connects Us campaign site at http://connects.bcbsga.com/.

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