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August XX, 2011

Contact: Scott Burton
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      Regence BlueCross BlueShield announces $250,000 partnership with Oregon Food Bank
              Regence Salem employees donate more than 550 pounds of food to support
                Marion-Polk Food Share, a member of the Oregon Food Bank Network

PORTLAND, Ore. – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon announced today that it has entered into a
three year partnership with Oregon Food Bank and committed $250,000 in financial support to the

As part of the partnership, Regence Salem employees are supporting and volunteering with Marion-Polk
Food Share, a member of the Oregon Food Bank Network. In the first annual employee food drive, Salem
employees donated more than 550 pounds of food, enough to provide 425 meals in the Salem area.

“The foundation for a healthy life is a healthy meal," said Jared Short, President of Regence BlueCross
BlueShield of Oregon. "Regence is proud to partner with Oregon Food Bank to provide Oregonians the
strength they need to navigate life’s challenging times. Regence and Oregon Food Bank have a rich
history of service. We’re excited to bring that passion and collective dedication together, as we work to
end hunger and improve the health of Oregonians.”

Regence’s partnership with Oregon Food Bank is part of the company’s Community Partner Organization
program, which aims to provide nonprofits in the community with financial support and employee
volunteers. Regence has committed $250,000 in financial support to Oregon Food Bank for business and
organizational support as it continues to grow and evolve as an organization.

“We’re excited about this partnership with Regence BlueCross BlueShield. We applaud its significant
commitment to advancing best- practices to help Oregon Food Bank become ever more effective in its
fight against hunger,” said Rachel Bristol, CEO, Oregon Food Bank.

Due to a struggling economy coupled with high food and fuel costs, distribution of emergency food has
soared to record levels. In an average month, close to a quarter-of-a-million people in Oregon and
southwest Washington eat meals from an emergency food box to fend off hunger. One third of those are

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is a leading health plan in Oregon, with nearly 750,000
members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest
/ Intermountain Region, serving nearly 2.5 million members as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of
Oregon, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield
(selected counties in Washington). Each plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and
Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our
communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit or


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