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Rochester Blues affiliate
with Syracuse plan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the Rochester Area has affiliated with its counterpart in Syracuse, the plans announced today.
Under the agreement approved by the organizations’ boards Thursday night, the Rochester plan and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Central New York will operate under a joint non-profit holding company named UNYS Inc.

Rochester Blues affiliate
with Syracuse plan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the Rochester Area has affiliated with its counterpart in Syracuse, the plans announced today.
Under the agreement approved by the organizations’ boards Thursday night, the Rochester plan and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Central New York will operate under a joint non-profit holding company named UNYS Inc. The affiliation is pending the approval of several government agencies, which should take approximately six months.
The plans will continue to operate separately and maintain separate offices in Syracuse and Rochester. They also will continue to be independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
“This agreement creates a framework that will improve our competitiveness while maintaining the critical local presence that has made Blue Cross and Blue Shield the leaders in Central New York and the Greater Rochester area for 60 years,” Albert Antonini, president and CEO of the Central New York plan, said in a press release.
Employer groups and members will continue to work with the same people in the same branch offices, said Howard Berman, president and CEO of the Rochester plan.
“But while most people won’t see any immediate change in our day-to-day operation, the affiliation will help to strengthen both plans as we look ahead to the future,” Berman said.
The affiliation is not a cost-cutting move, and there are no plans in place to consolidate services, the announcement said. The next step is to develop a business plan to outline future strategies.
Antonini and Berman will continue in their current positions. In addition, Berman would serve as CEO and Antonini as chief operating officer of the holding company.
The holding company’s board will be composed of members of both the plans’ boards. The two plans together encompass 16 counties.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Central New York employs 975 and has approximately 600,000 members. Total 1995 revenue was $605 million.
Rochester’s plan has 822,000 subscribers and employs 1,555. Total 1995 revenue was $1.1 billion.

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