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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey celebrates 85 years as state’s leading health insurer

It was a banner day for New Jersey's first health insurance company - and one of the nation's first health insurers - as Horizon BCBSNJ unfurled a commemorative banner at its Newark Headquarters today to celebrate its 85th anniversary. A milestone eight-and-a-half decades in the making, the company's employees and officers were joined by local, state and congressional leaders in paying tribute to the company's commitment to New Jersey and serving millions of Garden State residents over several generations.

“Providing security, stability, peace of mind and serving our policy-holders with excellence were the hallmarks of our heritage, and they remain the guiding principles of our company today,” said Robert A. Marino, CEO, Chairman and President, Horizon BCBSNJ. “Even in the challenging times we face today, our 3.8 million members know they can count on us to be there for them when they need us.”

Kevin P. Conlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Horizon BCBSNJ, added: “Horizon was a trail blazer when the company was founded in 1932, and today we continue to innovate and collaborate with the health care community to improve the quality of care for our members, while working to keep health care costs under control.”

“I'm grateful for Horizon's proven commitment to enhancing the quality of life of New Jersey's communities,” said Donald Payne, Jr., U.S. Congressman whose 10th district includes Newark. “Congratulations on your 85th Anniversary and I'm happy that your main headquarters has remained in my city – Newark -- for 85 years.”

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto also praised Horizon for its “bedrock” presence in New Jersey, particularly during a changing landscape in health care. “As we see uncertainties in our nation with the Affordable Care Act, we always depend on New Jersey's insurer, and that is Horizon,” he said. Other dignitaries attending today's commemorative event: State Senator Teresa Ruiz; Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin; Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin; Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli; Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo; Essex County Freeholders Wayne Richardson, Brendan Gill, Patricia Sebold and Deborah Davis Ford; Newark Council President Mildred Crump; and Newark Councilman Augusto Amador.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision 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 www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.