Empire BlueCross BlueShield has received approval from the New York Department of Insurance to begin offering life and disability insurance as part of its broad benefit portfolio.

The life and disability insurance is available through Empire's New York-based affiliate, Anthem Life & Disability Insurance Co.

Mark Wagar, president and CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, said: "Empire BlueCross BlueShield is proud of a reputation for being a leading health and hospital insurance provider in New York for the last 75 years. These new products allow us to create flexible benefits programs for large and small businesses. This will help them control costs and remain competitive while providing strong medical benefits for the employees and their families."

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