- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is eliminating 73 positions due to the loss of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System contract.

KFGO radio reports (https://bit.ly/1ONGf6i ) that 15 of the positions involve layoffs. The remaining 58 are open positions that aren’t being filled.

Blues President and CEO Tim Huckle says the company also will shave $4.7 million from annual vendor contracts and an additional $2.7 million in printing expenses, building costs and consulting fees.

He says the cost-saving measures are an “unavoidable necessity.”

Sanford Health Plan began providing coverage for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1, after out-bidding Blue Cross Blue Shield, which had provided coverage to the group for nearly four decades.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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