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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico to Serve SALUD! Members

For questions about BlueSaludSM call 1-866-689-1523.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 13, 2008 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is now a Medicaid SALUD! Managed Care Organization, following a signed agreement with the state. The agreement with the New Mexico Human Services Department Medical Assistance Division will run four years. The program at BCBSNM will be known as BlueSaludSM.

Beginning this month, BCBSNM began providing a full range of services to BlueSalud members, including primary care, pharmacy, dental and vision services, and medical transportation. Medicaid SALUD! members now have the opportunity to experience the high level of service that BCBSNM is known for, and have access to our statewide provider network. Additionally, we will offer Blue Care Connection®, an integrated total health management approach to health and wellness. This state-of-the-art health care management program will help improve health outcomes and help control rising medical cost trends.

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is honored to serve Medicaid SALUD! members. Participating in Medicaid SALUD! helps us to fulfill our corporate mission to promote the health and wellness of all our members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care." stated Liz Watrin, President of BCBSNM. "The procurement process was one of the most challenging we have been through, and we are pleased that we were able to demonstrate the value that BCBSNM will bring to these programs."

To complement BCBSNM's extensive statewide community involvement efforts, the BCBSNM outreach team and the Para Tu Salud Care Van will travel the state to promote health education, and disease prevention services, as well as information about the new BlueSalud options. Medicaid SALUD! members may call the Income Support Division Office in their community to enroll in BlueSalud.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BlueSalud services are funded in part under contract with the state of New Mexico.

For Details, Contact:

Becky Kenny, Media Specialist
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
505-816-2012
505-999-8806

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