Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Honored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) for the Voices Project

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Kathy Parry, BCBSVTMarch 14, 2006 (802) 371-3205 or Mohit Ghose, Americas Health Insurance Plans: (202)778-8494Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontHonored by Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)For The Voices ProjectBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) was honored last week with a prestigious national award, presented by the health insurance industrys largest trade association, for the Plans Voices Project teen outreach program.The 2006 Community Leadership Award was presented to BCBSVT by the AHIP (Americas Health Insurance Plans) Foundation at an awards banquet on Monday, March 6 in Washington D.C. The award was created to showcase organizations that demonstrate excellence in community outreach by identifying specific programs in the community, designing innovative solutions, and leading community partnerships for success. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont took the award in the category for small/independent health insurance companies.The Voices Project, co-produced by BCBSVT and Kingdom County Productions, was designed to bring public awareness to the issues confronting Vermonts teenagers. More than a thousand adolescents participated in the two-year program, expressing themselves through a variety of creative outlets, including 45 workshops throughout the state. The project culminated in a multi-media collection of creative work and an original musical production inspired, created, and performed by Vermont teens. The musical toured the state in the fall of 2005, playing to enthusiastic audiences in all corners of Vermont.Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP, said the recipients of the awards have demonstrated effective leadership in their communities and the health care field.This award recipient embodies the spirit of our industry by pioneering successful health care innovations and investing in unique education and community action programs, said Ignagni. Their commitment to the consumers and communities they serve makes everyone involved proud to be a part of the health plan community.We believe we can fulfill our role as health policy leader and contribute to Vermonts community-based health care system by producing high-profile, well-accepted prevention and education programs, noted William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Voices is just one of many programs we have created to improve the health and happiness of Vermonters.The Voices Project has also earned the Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretarys Community Award for 2005, and the 2005 Vermont Friends of Recovery Jack Barry Communications Award. More information about The Voices Project is available at www.bcbsvt.com/voices(link is external).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the states oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health benefits plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. (End)last_img read more

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BP’s earnings rise in Q3

first_imgUK-based energy giant and LNG player BP reported its underlying replacement cost profit, the company’s version of net profit, of $1.86 billion for the third quarter of 2017.The company’s underlying RC profit for the quarter jumped significantly compared to the $684 million recorded in the second quarter of the current year and $933 million in the corresponding period last year.BP’s oil and gas production in the third quarter averaged 3.6 million barrels of oil equivalent a day, 14 percent higher than in the third quarter of 2016.Net debt at September 30, 2017 was $39.8 billion, compared with $32.4 billion a year ago.Commenting on the results, BP’s CEO, Bob Dudley said, “This quarter, three new Upstream projects and the highest Downstream earnings in five years, underpinned by reliable operations and disciplined spending, have generated healthy earnings and cash flow. There is still room for further improvement.”Including amounts relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, operating cash flow for the third quarter was $6.0 billion, compared with $2.5 billion during the corresponding period in 2016.last_img read more

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Saints go marching back to BCIHL Finals by sweeping TRU out of playoffs

first_imgBut the WolfPack responded — just as they had throughout the previous five periods of action — when Steven Pantazopoulos banked a shot off the body of a Saints defender with 7:23 remaining in regulation to make it a 5-3 game.But McLaughlin’s third goal of the game came on the very next shift, effectively ending any further hopes of a TRU comeback. “TRU gave us two tough games and never backed down when it seemed like we were going to start rolling and build on a lead,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Chris Solecki was outstanding for them again tonight and really kept things tight through the end of the second period. We seemed to find another gear in the third, which was exactly what we wanted to see with a one-goal lead and the series on the line.” The teams traded a pair of goals each in the first period, as markers from McLaughlin and Garrett were quickly countered by equalizers from Dayton Shaw and Tyler Jackson.Solecki stood tall in the second period and turned away a number of excellent scoring chances before McLaughlin picked up his second of the night with less than 90 seconds remaining in the period. Chris Hurry was tested often in the third period as the WolfPack pushed to close the gap, but was solid and steady in a 21-save performance. Solecki allowed six goals on 43 shots and faced a total of 96 shots in total over the course of the two-game series.”Offensively, we hadn’t seen our A-game in a few weeks but we got stronger as the game went on tonight and seemed to convert on our chances when it counted,” Dubois said.”You don’t want to go into a championship series with any type of worries about being able to put the puck in the net, and I think we put any of that to bed in the third.” With the win, Selkirk will host the 2014 BCIHL Championships in Castlegar beginning Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.The finals will follow the same best-of-three format with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7:30 PM and Game 3, if necessary, scheduled for Sunday at 6:00 PM.The Saints’ opponent will be determined on Sunday evening when Simon Fraser University and Trinity Western University meet in a third and deciding game in their semi-final series.SAINTS NOTES: Over 500 fans took in Game 2 on Saturday night, pushing the total attendance for the weekend over the 1000-mark. Former Nelson Leaf forward Connor McLaughlin scored three times to spark the Selkirk Saints to a 6-3 victory over over Thompson Rivers University in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League semi final action Saturday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The Saints sweep the best-of-three series with the WolfPack and advance to the BCIHL Finals for the second consecutive year.Selkirk, defending BCIHL champs, won the opening game of the series Friday, 3-2 in overtime.McLaughlin completed a hat trick with 6:34 to play in regulation to cap a wild third period where Selkirk finally found some finish around the TRU net.Leading 3-2 entering the frame, the Saints went up by two for the first time in the series on a Cody Fidgett goal before building a three-goal cushion when Thomas Hardy finished off a fine individual effort on the power-play.last_img read more

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