Excellus names new CEO; New Mexico Blues justifies 6.9% rate hike

>Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield has named Christopher Booth as its next CEO, reported the Rochester Business Journal. Booth will succeed David Klein, who announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Booth, who is the insurer's president and chief operating officer, will assume the CEO position Jan. 1. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has launched a contest to inspire healthy living and eating, according to The Chattanoogan. With its "Create Your Plate" contest, individuals can submit their suggestions for a school lunch menu in four categories. BCBST will award two prizes, $500 for first place and $250 for second place, per category. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico justified its proposed 6.9 percent rate hike, which would affect 31,000 members, as necessary, to help offset the $7.2 million it lost in the individual market last year, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The 6.9 percent increase is lower than the 9.9 percent hike Blue Cross first proposed in 2011. Article

> And Finally... Watching live dance is good for your health. Article

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