AT&T Business Solutions Wins Multimillion Dollar Contract to Provide Networking and Wireless Services to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans

Suite of Integrated Services, Including Hosting and IP-Enabled Solutions, Gives Leading Health Care Association Greater Efficiency and Cost Control

Chicago, Illinois, December 18, 2008

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that AT&T Business Solutions has won two multimillion dollar national contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), continuing the company's long-standing relationship with BCBSA and its member companies as their primary networking services provider. Under the contracts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country can use a complete portfolio of mobility, data, voice, hosting, Internet Protocol (IP), consulting and managed services.

AT&T Business Solutions' advanced networking technology supports BCBSA member companies by helping them expand capabilities, improve service and control costs as they increasingly rely on the Internet and private networks to exchange critical information among customers and providers. The company's advanced network services provide real-time access to customer and provider information for call center representatives.

This additional agreement will provide increased flexibility and productivity for the 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, which collectively provide health care coverage for more than 102 million Americans.

BCBSA's relationship with AT&T Business Solutions has helped it provide greater business momentum to its member companies while providing best-in-class service to its customers. Under this national agreement, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will experience greater cost efficiencies and innovative, reliable options for their network services needs.

Through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect® portal, BCBSA gains around-the-clock access to real-time information about the performance of its network services and a direct connection to electronic billing and ordering systems.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 102 million individuals — one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit

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