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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey welcomes new customers following open enrollment for health insurance coverage

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Senior Vice President of Market Business Units Christopher M. Lepre issued the following statement today about the 2015-16 open enrollment period for individual health coverage, which ended last night:"Horizon appreciates the trust of the New Jerseyans who selected one of our high quality, affordable health plans during open enrollment for 2016. As the only health insurer in the state focused exclusively on New Jersey, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide coverage to so many of our neighbors, particularly the tens of thousands of previously uninsured residents who in 2016 were able to afford health insurance for the first time."Although it will take several weeks before the open enrollment numbers are final, all indications are that consumers responded positively to the nine competitively priced Horizon plans on the Marketplace. We anticipate that the results will be consistent with both our expectations and our position as New Jersey's market leader. As people become increasingly educated about their options, Horizon is committed to empowering them to select policies that fit their needs and budget. Consumers are responding strongly to the OMNIA Health plans and we remain on track to achieving our stated goal of 250,000 enrollees across all commercial markets by the end of 2016." About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyHorizon 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, 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.