Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is eliminating 40 jobs, primarily in claims processing, at locations in the Iron Range communities of Aurora and Virgina.

Eagan-based Blue Cross, which is the state’s largest nonprofit health insurer, said the move was not related to recent operating performance.

“They are part of our broader efforts to enable future innovation and growth by centralizing and redeploying resources,” a Blue Cross spokesman said via e-mail. A company statement added: “By centralizing resources and staffing levels around key strategic priorities, Blue Cross is well-positioned to deliver solutions that can generate the best health experiences for our nearly three million members.”

Through the first three quarters of 2018, the fully-insured health insurance and HMO businesses at Blue Cross posted $106.2 million

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