Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota cutting 73 positions

The Associated Press

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is eliminating 73 positions due to the loss of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System contract.

KFGO radio reports that 15 of the positions involve layoffs. The remaining 58 are open positions that aren't being filled.

Blues President and CEO Tim Huckle says the company also will shave $4.7 million from annual vendor contracts and an additional $2.7 million in printing expenses, building costs and consulting fees.

He says the cost-saving measures are an "unavoidable necessity."

Sanford Health Plan began providing coverage for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1, after out-bidding Blue Cross Blue Shield, which had provided coverage to the group for nearly four decades.

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