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2014-02-26 00:22:25

Public also supports regulation to prevent e-cigarette use by youth MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A poll released today shows that a strong majority of Minnesotans (79 percent) support prohibiting e-cigarette use indoors in places where smoking is prohibited. Other regulations to prevent youth from using e-cigarettes are also overwhelmingly supported by Minnesotans. "This new poll shows that a strong majority of Minnesotans - 79 percent - support prohibiting...

2014-01-14 16:26:01

Blue Cross commits nearly $450,000 through its Center for Prevention to help 18 organizations engage people in improving the health of their communities. EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engaged and involved community members are a key component to creating a healthier Minnesota. In recognition of this, the Center for Prevention (the Center) at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has awarded funding to 18 projects that will be shaped through...

2013-12-10 12:32:08

Funding and technical assistance from the Center for Prevention will help nine organizations improve the health and livability of communities by increasing access and reducing barriers to physical activity. EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Safe and convenient places to be active make communities more vibrant, healthy and strong. To support the work of community organizations in creating safe places for physical activity in Minnesota, the Center for Prevention...

2013-12-09 12:26:45

Top rating from Human Rights Campaign Foundation underscores health company's commitment to LGBT equality EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) achieved a perfect score on the Human Right Campaign's (HRC) annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2014. Blue Cross was among 934 U.S. businesses rated this year, and one of only 303 to achieve the top rating of 100 percent. The CEI is broadly recognized as the...

2013-10-02 16:25:26

EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- October 1 marked a transformational milestone in health care in the United States and across Minnesota with the initial implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Businesses and individuals can now shop for and purchase ACA-compliant insurance coverage for 2014. Implementation of the ACA, combined with other powerful market forces that have converged in recent years, are reshaping the business of health care-- from...

2013-09-18 16:26:04

Personal health care shopper allow members to compare procedure costs and out-of-pocket costs; as well as find physicians, view provider quality and read member reviews EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) announced that SmartSelect(TM), the first in a family of online health care shopping tools, is now available as part of its standard benefits package for all members. This tool helps address rising health care costs...

2013-08-07 12:26:39

Drs. Andrea Hillerud and Maureen White join medical leadership team EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced the addition of Andrea Hillerud, M.D. and Maureen White, M.D. to the leadership team of its Medical Affairs department. About Andrea Hillerud, M.D.Dr. Andrea Hillerud is leading the Health Quality department of Blue Cross as medical director of quality and health outcomes. In this role, Dr....

2013-07-09 08:29:33

Blue Cross members battling cancer now have expanded access to CTCA ZION, Ill., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced an agreement that makes CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) an in-network provider of cancer care for its members. The new agreement provides in-network options for members seeking cancer treatment. "For 77 years, Blue Cross and Blue...

2013-07-09 08:29:30

Registration rates for pilot program with Change Healthcare 90 percent higher than expected; users award platform high marks for overall satisfaction BRENTWOOD, Tenn., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Game mechanics - including points, badges and leader boards - may be a key to controlling rising healthcare costs, say executives leading a recently completed pilot program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The state's first healthcare plan has adopted a solution from Change...

2013-06-13 16:26:24

Funding and technical assistance from the Center for Prevention will help 13 organizations fight health disparities related to tobacco use, limited access to healthy food and lack of physical activity. EAGAN, Minn., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Minnesota is often recognized as one of the healthiest states in the nation, its low-income and minority populations suffer disproportionately from poorer health. In an effort to change this, the Center for Prevention at Blue...