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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Honored for Community Commitment

CONTACT: Jenna McPhee
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Company Recognized by the Mayor of Boston and the Boston Business Journal

BOSTON — September 16, 2010 — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), a locally-based, community-focused health plan, was recently recognized by both the City of Boston and the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) for its continued dedication to the community.

On Friday, September 10, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts was honored as the "Education and Training Partner of the Year" at the Boston Business Journal's Citizenship Summit, for its work with Fenway High School's Junior Ventures Program. BCBSMA began partnering with Fenway High School on the Program in 2007. It is a semester-long, required course designed to help 11th grade students at Fenway High develop the interpersonal and entrepreneurial thinking skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Mentored and advised by BCBSMA Associates, the students explore how businesses and service organizations work as they develop ideas for a business or service that can address a need in their community. See a video.

BCBSMA also ranked 10th on BBJ's list of the top corporate community investors in the Commonwealth, also announced on Friday.

BCBSMA also Recognized for Summer Jobs Provided to Boston Teens:

Earlier this month, Marie St. Fleur, Boston's Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment and a representative from the Office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, joined BCBSMA leaders in a farewell luncheon for high school interns who worked at the company through the Boston Private Industry Council's (PIC) internship program. The eight-week program provided Boston students with summer jobs and experience in the corporate environment, while helping to build the workforce of tomorrow.

Summer jobs are critical in helping teens learn job skills and stay off the streets, yet they are hard to come by in today's down economy. According to PIC, Blue Cross Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts was the second largest corporate sponsor of the internship program in 2010. The company provided 77 internships in all; 46 students worked for BCBSMA, another 31 students were placed with BCBSMA community partners to expand opportunities to as many students as possible.

"All of us at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are proud to be acknowledged for our leadership in the community" said Jeff Bellows, BCBSMA's Senior Director of Corporate Relations. "We are grateful to the Boston Business Journal and the Mayor for recognizing our efforts. We remain committed to supporting communities where children are healthy and engaged in learning, neighborhoods are safe and environmentally strong, and people are actively committed to helping others."

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com) was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers, and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

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