Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to Lose 350 Jobs

By: Dave Johnson
By: Dave Johnson

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas says it will lose 350 jobs after a Medicare contract expires next year.

The insurer says it received word yesterday that it was no longer in the running for a five-year pact with Medicare. A bid by Blue Cross Blue Shield subsidiary Wheatlands Administrative Services was rejected by Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Topeka is expected to lose 335 of its 1,700 jobs and Salina will likely see about 15 positions cut.

Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesman Graham Bailey said the insurer has had a relationship with Medicare since 1966.

Local and state governments had provided about $3 million in incentives to B.C.B.S. to sweeten the Kansas bid.

Governor Sebelius says she's ``very disappointed'' at Medicare's decision.


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