NU Online News Service, May 3, 2004, 3:21 p.m. EDT – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago, has extended an international support contract with World Access, Richmond, Va., for 3 years.[@@]

World Access runs a provider network for the association’s BlueCard program and the association’s portion of the federal employee health benefits program.

World Access also helps Blues plans process claims from outside the United States. International claim services include translation, currency conversions, fraud screening and issuing payments in foreign currency.

World Access is a unit of Allianz A.G., Munich.