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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Nationally Recognized by BusinessWeek and AARP for Creating a Unique Workplace Environment for New and Mature Employees
Date:9/25/2007

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According to BusinessWeek, 70 percent of new entry-level hires at BCBSA are women, and 56 percent are minorities.

"BusinessWeek's recognition validates the hard work the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association puts into its summer college internship program as well as our commitment to best-in-class recruiting, pay, benefits and other human resources initiatives," said William J. Colbourne, BCBSA's senior vice president, human resources and administrative resources.

AARP "Best Employers for Workers Over 50"

As a 2007 recipient of the "AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50" award, BCBSA is recognized for its innovative practices and policies that address the aging work force. This year's award lists 50 companies from a wide variety of industries, including organizations such as SC Johnson, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Volkswagen of America, Inc. (http://www.aarp.org/research/press-center/presscurrentnews/bestemployers.html).

"Receiving recognition by AARP is a great honor and affirms our continuing efforts to create an environment that reflects the work-life needs of our employees over the age of 50," said Colbourne.

When selecting employers for this recognition program, AARP evaluates companies on their recruiting methods, benefits and available opportunities for retirees. For the first time, AARP included an employee survey as part of the judging process.

"AARP is proud to honor the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as an AARP 2007 Best Employer for their dedication to address changing workforce demographics, and we commend them for their commitment to workers age 50 and older," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois state director. "Employers that take a world-class approach in their policies toward workers who are 50 and over understand that the result is more productive employees -- and that's
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