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NC health insurance company tests outsourcing

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A plan by a North Carolina health insurance company to outsource some of its data management work is drawing criticism from people who say the company shouldn't be sending jobs overseas.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has started a pilot project that could change the way the insurer handles electronic information and save money.

Head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina Dana Cope says Blue Cross should not be allowed to outsource jobs since taxpayer money goes to the company in the form of premiums for state worker insurance.

Blue Cross said no layoffs are expected from the initial project, but that could change down the road.

Information from: The News & Observer

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