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January 31, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Decides Not To Submit Medicaid Proposal

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has decided not to submit a proposal to the state to be a Medicaid contractor.

We did not come to this decision lightly. We devoted significant resources and assigned top staff to review the Request for Proposals (RFP). We gave it our most serious consideration and analysis. In the end, although we believe the RFP may present a sizeable opportunity, it would have required us to dramatically change our business model to serve new populations in different settings in less than a year. We decided that we could not responsibly commit to so great a change at this time.

We appreciate the opportunity to review this new program, and we look forward to our continued work with the State of Kansas to provide affordable, high quality health care to Kansans. We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to our provider community for your support and consideration as we explored this proposal.