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The Consulate General of Mexico and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Partner to Accept Matricula Consular to Apply for Health Coverage



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Atlanta, GA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 21, 2004–Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta announced today that the Mexican Matricula Consular will be accepted as identification in order to apply for Blue Cross individual health insurance. The Matricula Consular is an official identification provided by the Mexican General Consulate to Mexican citizens residing in the United States. Through its partnership with the Consulate, BCBSGA aims to reduce potential barriers that prevent Georgia’s Mexican community from seeking access to health insurance.

“The General Consulate has a fundamental goal to support the Mexican community who may not be using traditional health services,” said Remedios Gomez-Arnau, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta. “This is why the agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia becomes one of the fundamental pillars for extending in a mutually beneficial manner, a private sector service that until now has only been available to persons with a Social Security number or differing proof of residence.”

Georgia state representative, Pat Gardner (D-57) said, “Health Insurance needs to be available and affordable for everyone living in Georgia. It has been my pleasure to facilitate the discussion between the Mexican Consulate and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia so that the Matricula Consular card will facilitate access to health insurance for these working families. Representative Gardner added, “I applaud the two parties for making this happen.”

Carolyn Haynes, director of product development, said, “Through this new program, thousands of Mexicans living in Georgia will benefit, as they will now be encouraged to apply for private health insurance by using their Matricula Consular.” Haynes added that Mexicans residing in Georgia can apply for several plans offered by BCBSGA to individuals and families.

Dr. Daniel Salinas, pediatrician and medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, said, “We recognize the work and effort that the Mexican community puts forth each day and its need to have a health insurance plan that provides protection and peace of mind to them and their families.”

In addition, BCBSGA is supporting the Mexican Week of Health that will take place on October 4-8, 2004 at the Consulate General of Mexico. During the health fair, BCBSGA associates will present information on the importance of health insurance to attendees.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, serving more than 3.1 million medical members, is the oldest and largest health benefits company in Georgia. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is an operating subsidiary of WellPoint Health Networks Inc., the nation’s second largest publicly traded health care company serving the health care needs of 15.5 million medical members and 46.2 million specialty members nationally. WellPoint offers a broad spectrum of quality network-based health products including open access PPO, POS and hybrid products, HMO and specialty products. Specialty products include pharmacy benefit management, dental, utilization management, vision, mental health, life and disability insurance, long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, COBRA administration, and Medicare supplements. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia can be found on the web at http://www.bcbsga.com. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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CONTACT:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

Charlie Harman, 404-842-8980

or

Consulate General of Mexico

Jesus Diaz, 404-636-6232 ext. 222

The Consulate General of Mexico and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Partner to Accept Matricula Consular to Apply for Health Coverage