Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey Invests $8.1 Million In Healthier Communities

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didyouknow?Working with community partners to keep children healthy; generously supporting local organizations that connect New Jerseyans to life-saving health services; and, donating time, talent and resources to make New Jersey communities stronger and more vibrant. Details on these and other ways that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is making a positive difference in the lives of millions of state residents can be found in the just-released 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

“As a New Jersey-based company for 84 years, Horizon continually strives to be a responsible corporate citizen that enriches the lives and health of the state’s residents,” said Robert A. Marino, Chairman & CEO of Horizon BCBSNJ. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish through our charitable efforts, and applaud our 5,000 employees for consistently demonstrating their passion for giving back to the communities where they live and work.”

The report lays out the results achieved by Horizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department in 2015:

* $5.2 million in grants from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Signature initiatives include “Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM),” a collaborative with the Boys & Girls Clubs in NJ that supports asthma education and awareness efforts and “Healthy U,” a partnership with the NJ YMCA State Alliance to prevent childhood obesity. The Foundation made 128 grants in 2015 including support for HomeFront in Mercer County, the Jersey City Bike Share Program, and Newark Celebration 350, honoring Newark’s 350th birthday.

* $2.68 million in corporate giving, charitable contributions and financial support of local organizations through sponsorships of 134 events including the Salvation Army 150th Anniversary Gala and the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

* 5,449 hours volunteered by Horizon BCBSNJ employees and $237,000 in matching funds for employee contributions.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest and most experienced health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at http://www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.