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BLUES GO TO 10-HOUR DAYS, SIX-DAY WEEKS

 DETROIT, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has assigned 3,600 non-bargaining unit employees and all supervisory staff to 10-hour work days to maintain timely processing and payment of health-care claims and other essential functions during the current strike by 3,400 workers across the state.
 A number of the reassigned employees also will be asked to work six-day weeks.
 The company also will rely on its extensive electronic claims processing capability to meet claims payment schedules. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) recognized the Blues this year as a national leader in expanding electronic processing capacity.
 Blues facilities are operating in Detroit, Southfield, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Marquette.
 In addition, all Blue Care Network health maintenance organization (HMO) facilities are open across the state.
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 /CONTACT: Rude Difazio, 313-225-8113, Helen Stojic, 313-225-7975, or Joe Johnson, 616-285-2053, all of BCBSM/


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