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Fernandez Appointed to Blue Cross Foundation Board
Date:1/30/2008

EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has named Frank Fernandez, JD, to its 13-member board of directors. The board directs the state's largest grantmaking foundation dedicated exclusively to improving health in Minnesota and includes five community representatives.

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"Frank brings great experience and passion in working with communities the foundation serves," said Marsha Shotley, foundation president. "His understanding of the role of social and economic influences on health makes him a valuable addition to our board in guiding our work."

Fernandez is a licensed attorney who joined Blue Cross in December 2005 as the government programs/Medicare attorney. He was promoted to vice president of government programs in August 2007. In this capacity he leads overall business operations for Blue Cross government programs including the Federal Employee Plan, Prepaid Minnesota Assistance Program (PMAP), MinnesotaCare, Medicare supplement plans and local Medicare Advantage plans. Previously Fernandez worked for health plans in Nevada and Wisconsin. He also served as executive director of the Nevada Association of Health Plans.

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fernandez attended Arizona State University, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in Latin American studies. He attended Hamline University School of Law and graduated in 2005. Fernandez was admitted to the Minnesota bar in October 2005.

In 2006, Fernandez was elected to the board of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, having previously served as its student representative. He also serves on the steering committee of Fuerza Azul, Blue Cross' new employee resource group for Latinos.

Fernandez replaces Timothy Peterson, who retired from the board in 2007.

For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, visit us on the Web at http://www.bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free 1-866- 812-1593.

The Blue Cross Foundation's purpose is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow. By addressing key social, economic and environmental factors that determine health -- beyond genes, lifestyle and access to health care -- the foundation's work extends beyond the traditional reach of the health care system to improve community health long-term and close the health gap that affects many Minnesotans. The foundation has become the state's largest grantmaking foundation to exclusively dedicate its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $22 million since it was established in 1986.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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