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Regence closing its Eugene office.

Byline: ED RUSSO The Register-Guard

Regence Bluecross Blueshield of Oregon on Friday said it will close its customer service and marketing office in Eugene in January, eliminating the jobs of 21 people.

The office at 400 Country Club Road will close to the public on Jan. 1.

Customer service representatives will work until Jan. 31, said spokeswoman Stephanie Watson.

The health insurer is consolidating its Eugene operation with a larger office in Salem, said Watson, who is based in Portland.

"It's a business decision, purely based on the size of the Eugene office," she said.

"It's relatively small compared to our other regional offices."

Regence Bluecross Blueshield is Oregon's largest health insurance. It has 70,000 members in Lane County, and 1.1 million in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Watson said some of the 21 Eugene employees have agreed to transfer to other regional offices. She said she did not know how many.

All of the Eugene employees are being encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in the company, but Watson acknowledged that some probably would not want to move. "We would like to keep as many employees in our organization as we can," she said.

Employees who elect to leave the company will receive severance packages, Watson said. She declined to give details.
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Title Annotation:Health: The insurer is consolidating the jobs to a larger operation in Salem.; Business
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Nov 2, 2002
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