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New National Partnership to Provide Free College Degree

June 02, 2015

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri Announces a New National Partnership to Provide a Free College Degree for Any Eligible Employee through College for America at SNHU

ST. LOUIS, MO- June 2, 2015 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri today announced a new partnership to make an associate’s or bachelor’s degree available at no cost for any of its eligible full-time and part-time associates in Missouri through College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.  College for America partners with employers to offer a competency-based, online curriculum that is engineered to help associates fit a fully-accredited college degree in the busy lives of working adults.

This new benefit is available to any Anthem full-time or part-time employee who works 20 or more hours per week and has been employed at least six months.  Anthem associates who participate in the College for America program can earn their degree at no cost as a result of Anthem’s tuition reimbursement benefit.

“Anthem is committed to offering its associates a robust benefits package that goes beyond salary and health benefits,” said Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri.  “Our partnership with College for America has proven successful for our parent company associates who participated in the pilot program in New Hampshire and we want to build on that success by providing opportunities for education, development and career advancement to all our associates.”

“This is a tremendous win-win for Anthem and its associates.  As an employer, Anthem is building talent and the skills needed for promotion in its workforce while associates earn an accredited degree that will help them get ahead in their life and career without taking on debt,” said Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University.  “SNHU’s partnership with Anthem will educate thousands of associates and is a model for aligning employer demand with the kind of competency-based, workforce-applicable higher education we have pioneered at College for America.”

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri Media Contact
Deb Wiethop
314-923-4767

Deborah.wiethop@bcbsmo.com 
 College for America Media Contact
Linnae Selinga, 603-314-7807 Office, 603-661-2838 Cell
linnae@collegeforamerica.org
 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri
In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name for RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

About College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
College for America is the workforce development and competency-based education college at Southern New Hampshire University – a nonprofit, 82 year-old fully accredited University based in Manchester, NH.  College for America partners with more than 65 employers nationwide to help their associates achieve a college degree through a program built specifically for working adults: competency-based, flexibly-scheduled, workplace-applicable, and just $2,500/year, often covered in full or part by employers.  For more, visit www.collegeforamerica.org

 

Media Contact:
Scott Golden
scott.golden@anthem.com
Ph: (804) 354-5252