BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia Opens New Facility in Metro Columbus

Dedicated to serving members of the State Health Benefit Plan

BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia Opens New Facility in Metro Columbus

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of GeorgiaBert Kelly, 404-859-3349

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), the state’s largest health benefits company cut the ribbon today on a new customer care facility in metro Columbus. This 42,000 square foot facility will house 400 associates dedicated to serving the State Health Benefit Plan members consisting of state employees, retirees and their families.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, BCBSGa will be providing Third Party Administrative (TPA) services and Medical Management to the State Health Benefit Plan which covers approximately 650,000 Georgians, including the State Employees Plan, the Teachers Plan, the Public School Employees Plan and Medicare Advantage plans for retirees.

"Opening this building in Columbus is further confirmation of our commitment to state employees and their families by providing dedicated resources for their health care benefits,” said Morgan Kendrick, president, BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia. "It is also an indication of the deep roots we have in Columbus and a testament to the quality workforce that is available here.”

The BCBSGA associates on the Technology Parkway campus are part of a larger group of 750 new employees that were hired in 2013 to service the SHBP account. This includes positions in nursing, administration, claims, utilization and medical management. BCBSGa currently employs almost 4,000 employees across the state.

The opening of this new facility is the result of cooperative efforts of many state and local offices including Governor Nathan Deal’s office; the Georgia Department of Insurance, the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Georgia Department of Economic Development; the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce; the Development Authority of Columbus; and the Columbus Consolidated Government.

“Continuous investment by a longtime corporate citizen like Blue Cross and Blue Shield is one of the highest compliments we can get,” said Pat Wilson, chief operating officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “It means that Georgia’s business climate remains conducive to the growth companies need to do to accommodate increased business.”

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. BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia, Inc. and BlueCross BlueShield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the BlueCross and BlueShield Association®. The BlueCross and BlueShield names and symbols are registered marks of the BlueCross and BlueShield Association. Additional information about BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia is available at .

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