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BCBS of Minnesota to lay off Virginia workers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is laying off approximately 40 positions at its Virginia location.

A statement emailed to the News Tribune from spokesperson Jim McManus said the company is still committed to the Iron Range and its workforce in Virginia and Aurora “will continue to be a vital part of our efforts to transform health care throughout Minnesota.”

“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,” McManus said. “Ensuring we have the right capabilities and organizational design in 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.”

There are approximately 500 positions between Virginia and Aurora, with the majority of employees in the Virginia office. BCBS employees approximately 3,900 people in Minnesota.

McManus said BCBS does have plans to grow employment in Virginia later this year with plans to hire additional customer-service positions.