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Blue Cross Confirms About 40 Layoffs in Virginia

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN confirms about about 40 layoffs from their Virginia office. Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN confirms about about 40 layoffs from their Virginia office. |  Photo: BCBS of Minnesota Twitter Account

Updated: March 14, 2019 04:29 PM

About 40 layoffs have been confirmed at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota office in the Virginia.

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Jim McManus, Director of Public Relations for BCBS of Minnesota, said that the layoffs will not go into effect for a few more weeks.

The company has about 500 positions between its Aurora and Virginia locations, with the majority being in Virginia. Both locations perform a mix of claims processing and calls.

McManus also provided this statement:

"As our industry continues to face new challenges and opportunities, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is on a journey to transform health care and deliver quality outcomes at the lowest cost to provide a differentiated experience for our members. Ensuring we have the right capabilities and organizational design is one of the first critical steps we are taking to better enable future innovation and growth.  By centralizing resources and staffing levels around key strategic priorities, Blue Cross is well-positioned to deliver solutions that can generate the best health experiences for our nearly three million members.
 
Blue Cross remains committed to the Iron Range. Our workforce in Virginia and Aurora will continue to be a vital part of our efforts to transform health care throughout Minnesota. We will be growing our employment in Virginia later this year with plans to hire additional customer service positions."  

They plan on growing their employment in Virginia later this year with plans to hire additional customer service positions. McManus said that the people being laid off will be eligible to apply for them.

State Rep. Julie Sandstede, DFL-Hibbing, added this statement: "I'm frustrated and saddened to learn of these job losses. This decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield is a huge blow to families across the Iron Range. While the number of positions eliminated may be fewer than those at their office in the Twin Cities, proportionally, there will be a much harsher impact in northern Minnesota. 
 
"This news should be alarming to all of us. As we continue to see signs of a slowing economy, this highlights the need to diversify and invest in what will keep our region strong. This includes excellent schools, expansion of infrastructure like high-speed broadband, targeted assistance for economic development opportunities, and other steps forward to ensure all people on the Iron Range can experience an excellent way of life for generations to come."

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