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BLUES BOARD ELECTS SHELTON AS CHAIRMAN

 BLUES BOARD ELECTS SHELTON AS CHAIRMAN
 DETROIT, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack K. Shelton of Dearborn,


retired director of Employee and Corporate Insurance for Ford Motor Company, was named chairman of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan board of directors late Wednesday.
 Shelton was elected by a unanimous vote of the board of directors on a motion offered by Donald M.D. Thurber of Grosse Pointe, who has served as chairman since 1988.
 Shelton was first appointed to the Blues board in 1969. He has been a board vice chair since 1989, representing large and medium-sized group employers. He also serves as chair of two board committees -- health care delivery and cost, and reimbursement.
 He joined Ford Motor in 1956 and formally retired in 1991, but currently works as a consultant to Ford on national health policy issues. He has been a director of the Washington Business Group on Health, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
 He is past chairman of Health Alliance Plan, a southeast Michigan health maintenance organization (HMO); the National Industry Council for HMO development; the Michigan Health Economics Coalition; the Michigan Hospital Capacity Reduction Corporation; and various other national health-related organizations.
 Blues President Richard E. Whitmer said: "Jack Shelton brings to the chairman's position great expertise on all sides of American health care, and the respect of all segments of the health care community represented on the board of directors. His commitment and knowledge have contributed in numerous ways to containing health care costs while maintaining high quality services."
 Whitmer praised Thurber "for his enormous contributions over the last several years in helping to restore the credibility of the company as the premier prepaid health care plan in the state."
 Shelton said: "I have been very pleased with the progress that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has made in recent years. I look forward to being more deeply involved in the Blues efforts to provide quality health care services at the lowest possible cost."
 State AFL-CIO President Frank Garrison, one of four chairpersons on the Blues board, said Shelton "is deeply concerned about health care costs and has been a major force in developing innovative ways to contain them."
 Garrison also noted that Shelton "was deeply involved in rewriting the state law that governs the Blues operations, and he is well-known for his fairness and honesty."
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