CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — For the tenth time, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has been honored with the Low Cost/High Performance Award for administration of the state’s Federal Employee Program (FEP).

The Tennessee BlueCross Plan was one of only 20 Blue plans across the nation to receive the prestigious award that was presented recently by the BlueCross BlueShield Association at the 2005 FEP conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In addition, BlueCross was recognized for scoring above 100 on the Service Profile and Strategic Profile portions of the Plan Incentive Program, thereby classifying it as an “excellent” performing plan and making it one of 15 Blue plans nationwide to earn all three honors.

The FEP awards focus on administrative costs, operational performance, benefit costs and member satisfaction, in addition to other categories.

“Our employees’ dedication to high service and efficiency has not only paid off for our FEP members, but has enabled us to earn this honor for the past five consecutive years,” said Ann Keown, vice president of government programs for BlueCross.

The BlueCross BlueShield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as FEP, has been part of the national Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) since its inception in 1960. The Blues’ FEP covers 4.5 million, or 55 percent, of the federal employees, retirees and their family members who receive benefits through FEHBP. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee currently covers 87,619 of these members in Tennessee.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.