Public Invited to Celebrate Blue Cross’s 60th Year

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Leigh TofferiSeptember 7, 2004 (802) 371-3205Public Invited to Celebrate Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts 60th Year of Serving VermontersBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is inviting the public to join in celebration of the organizations 60th anniversary offering quality nondiscriminatory health benefits in Vermont. A family oriented event featuring games, refreshments and music, will be held at the Round Barn at Shelburne Museum on September 18, 2004 from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon.The Vermont observance coincides with the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield systems 75th anniversary this year. What began as an innovative prepaid health care plan for loggers and teachers has evolved into a national, technology-driven system that provides health benefits and financing for millions of Americans delivered through independent, community-based, local companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.The Vermont Plans origins can be traced back to 1944 when legislative action in this state cleared the way for Blue Cross of New Hampshire to begin offering hospital coverage here. Physician benefits through Blue Shield of New Hampshire followed shortly, and both hospital and physician benefits were combined in 1975 when the separate Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans merged to become Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Vermont.Vermont representatives on that companys board of directors voted to form their own Plan in 1980 that became known as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. The newVermont-based Plan completed its transition to an independent organization when it began to process all claims and deliver services exclusively in Vermont in 1989.A more detailed timeline of the organizations eventful 60-year history is available in an interactive display on the companys web site at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). To RSVP for the anniversary celebration, call Bonnie Brassard at (802) 371-3486 or e-mail her at brassardb@bcbsvt.com(link sends e-mail).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s 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 plans to Vermonters. 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.last_img read more

BiH Young Basketball Players among the Top 12 in Europe

first_imgThe junior basketball team of BiH advanced to the second round, among the top 12 selections in the A-Division of the European Championships that is played in Latvia.Last year for the first time they managed to get into the A-Division (triumph at the European Championship Division B in Sarajevo), and then in their debut appearance in the highest rank won the second stage of the competition.This is thanks to the players Adi Zahiragić, Haris Ćurevc, Stefan Lakić, Sandr Gačić, Bojan Lulić, Davor Karamatić, Din Alić, Faris Smajlović, Aleksandar Lazić, Imran Polutku and Nedim Tunović, led by the coach Nenad Marković and his assistants Senad Redžić and Siniša Kovacević.Due to the administrative problems, the professional staff could not count on Emir Sulejmanović and Amar Alibegović, while injuries and illness prevented our leading players Nedim Buza, Milenko Predić and Ivo Garić from participating.BiH, on the last round of group B lost against the Czech Republic 65:69, while the Greeks won against Russia (74:70).The results of Group B: Greece – Czech Republic 67:68, Russia-BiH 68:55, BiH-Greece 52:51 Greece, Czech Republic – Russia 69:71, Russia – Greece 74:70.Rank: Russia 5, Czech Republic 5, BiH 4, Greece 4The second phase of ECH starts on 22nd July, and in Division A will stay 10 representations.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Stramaccioni Panathinaikos Coach

first_imgPanathinaikos, however, suffered a bad start to this season and failed to reach the money-spinning Champions League group stages, while falling behind Olympiacos at home. TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ soccer club has named former Inter Milan and Udinese boss Andrea Stramaccioni as its new coach in a bid to catch arch-rival Olympiacos in the Greek league.Strammaccioni, 39, signed a two-year deal to take over from Yiannis Anastasiou, who left by mutual consent as the revolving door of coaches in the Greek league continued.“I’m really happy and proud to be at this club,” Stramaccioni said in a statement on the club’s website. “I’m in the right place for the work I want to do and prove to the people who have brought me here that I can meet the demands required.“I do not want to make big promises; this is something I don’t do generally. The only thing I pledge is that I will give the best I can to take this club where it wants to go…“I am coming in mid-way during the season and this is difficult because there is no time but much work to be done – starts for the derby coming up fast.”Stramaccioni jumps right into it when the Greens take on Olympiacos on Nov. 21 as the Reds are pulling away in the league, leading their rivals by eight points.last_img read more