Anthem Asks State Officials to Approve BCBSNH Purchase; Pledges Local Health Plan Control And Job Base Stability.
-- Proposed affiliation creates $70-$80 million charitable foundation to
benefit New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). residents --
CONCORD, N.H., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem anthem [ultimately from antiphon], short nonliturgical choral composition used in Protestant services, usually accompanied and having an English text. The term is used in a broader sense for "national anthems" and for the Latin motets still used occasionally in , Inc. today formally requested approval from New Hampshire state regulators of its proposed purchase of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire (BCBSNH). The transaction will create a charitable foundation to benefit New Hampshire residents. The foundation is expected to be initially worth $70-$80 million. Anthem said it would also maintain local control over key health plan decisions and preserve its New Hampshire employment base.
In documents filed with the New Hampshire Department of Insurance, Anthem said the proposed purchase "contains significant ... advantages to current Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire members, as well as to the citizens of New Hampshire," including:
* Creation of a charitable Foundation, with assets estimated to be between
$70 and $80 million, to continue the BCBSNH mission of providing health
care for, and enhancing the health of, the citizens of the State of New
Hampshire Hampshire, county (1991 pop. 1,511,900), 1,503 sq mi (3,893 sq km), S central England. Winchester is the county town. The terrain is undulating and is crossed by two chalk downs, rising in places to more than 800 ft (244 m). .
* Continuing the Blue Cross and Blue Shield tradition. "The companies
share a philosophy to identify and pursue effective local options and to
be responsive to local market needs," Anthem said.
* Continued Blue Cross and Blue Shield benefits and coverage. Current
customers of BCBSNH and its affiliates, including Matthew Thornton Matthew Thornton (1714 – June 24, 1803), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.
He was born in Ireland: his family immigrated to America when he was three years old, settling first at Wiscasset, Maine, and
Health Plan (MTHP), will maintain their existing policies without change
or interruption INTERRUPTION. The effect of some act or circumstance which stops the course of a prescription or act of limitation's.
2. Interruption of the use of a thing is natural or civil. .
* Strengthening of BCBSNH's business position. Anthem said BCBSNH would
become "an integral part of Anthem's New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. region and will have
access to Anthem's substantial resources. Each Anthem policy or
contract ... in New Hampshire will have Anthem's significant financial
reserves standing behind it."
MAINTAINING LOCAL PRESENCE
In addition, Anthem repeated its previous pledge to maintain strong local presence in New Hampshire by:
* Retaining BCBSNH's administrative headquarters in Manchester;
* Maintaining a "significant" employment base in New Hampshire and
ultimately achieving "proportionate pro·por·tion·ate
Being in due proportion; proportional.
tr.v. pro·por·tion·at·ed, pro·por·tion·at·ing, pro·por·tion·ates
To make proportionate. employment," whereby Anthem
employment levels in New Hampshire will be proportionate to those in the
other geographic areas in which it operates, based on the level of
membership in each area and other factors;
* Establishing a local advisory board made up entirely of New Hampshire
* Seeking to have one person designated by BCBSNH's board elected to the
Anthem, Inc. board;
* Assuring New Hampshire will have representation if Anthem establishes a
regional advisory board for New England.
LOCAL DECISION-MAKING PRESERVED
Anthem told state officials that BCBSNH's focus throughout its evaluation of the Anthem acquisition proposal "has been what is in the best interests of its customers and the State of New Hampshire."
"The acquisition represents an affiliation among Blue Cross Blue Shield companies with common traditions and will enhance the goal of BCBSNH to continue its mission of providing affordable health care financing products to the people of New Hampshire through a stable and strong Blue Cross Blue Shield company.
The filing detailed Anthem's health plan structure, under which large portions of the operations of its health plans in New Hampshire would be handled in New Hampshire by New Hampshire employees.
BCBSNH's operations would be coordinated by the company's Anthem East organization, which currently includes Connecticut Connecticut, state, United States
Connecticut (kənĕt`ĭkət), southernmost of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (N), Rhode Island (E), Long Island Sound (S), and New York (W). operations but which would grow if Anthem is able to identify additional partners in the New England region. Regional services would be managed regionally but conducted in New Hampshire with local employees, and key functions such as medical management, health education activities, sales, marketing, and provider contracting would be managed and carried out at the local level.
The filing also detailed the purchase agreement, under which Anthem will pay approximately $120 million for the assets of BCBSNH. BCBSNH will retire its outstanding obligations and commitments and place the remaining proceeds -- estimated to be between $70 and $80 million -- into the independent charitable foundation.
Anthem, Inc. is an Indiana-domiciled mutual insurance company providing health care management and insurance products and services and government program administration to millions of Americans. It provides health care benefits to more than 5 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield members in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. As a mutual insurance company, Anthem is neither a non-profit nor a for-profit company.
BCBSNH is the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee licensee n. a person given a license by government or under private agreement. (See: license, licensor)
LICENSEE. One to whom a license has been given. 1 M. Q. & S. 699 n. for New Hampshire. BCBSNH and MTHP cover approximately 362,000 New Hampshire residents.