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June 02, 2015

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RICHMOND, Va – June 2, 2015 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 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 Virginia 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 C. Burke King, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “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.”


About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia 
Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trades as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and its service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliated HMO HealthKeepers, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at Also, follow us on Twitter at, on Facebook at, or visit our YouTube channel at

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


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