PORTLAND, ORE. – The following is a statement from Mark Ganz, chief executive officer of Regence BlueCross Blue Shield regarding the President’s State of the Union address:

“In last night’s State of the Union address, the President reaffirmed his commitment to passing meaningful health reform legislation this year. Regence supports ensuring long-term health care security and stability for all Americans, and we will continue to work to make systemic changes a reality, and that includes working on state level reforms with local government.

“Our company will continue to advocate for key reform elements that ensure all Americans have affordable coverage and access to quality care; eliminate pre-existing barriers to coverage; make medical care more efficient; and modify the system to be simpler and more transparent.

“Regence remains committed to innovation and implementing programs that will ensure broader economic sustainability for our members and the nation as a whole.”

About Regence
Regence is a leading health insurer in the Northwest / Mountain State Region, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence serves nearly three million members as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington), Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield of Idaho. Each plan is a not-for-profit 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 regence.com.