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Gifts and Courtesies

The following gifts may not be given or accepted:

  • Any gift inconsistent with customary business practices

  • Any gift that is excessive in value

  • Any gift that can harm the reputation of Horizon BCBSNJ if publicly disclosed

  • Anything offered to or accepted from a government employee

  • Gifts of cash or cash equivalents, such as non-merchant specific gift cards or gift certificates

  • A non-monetary gift that exceeds $100, or a gift that when combined with any other gifts provided to employees and their immediate family, exceeds a value of $100 in a twelve month period

Other restrictions may apply to any gifts, entertainment or anything of value from a Vendor who is a seller of pharmaceutical products, medical supplies or related products. Those Vendors must contact the Horizon BCBSNJ Compliance and Ethics Office prior to offering any business courtesy to a Horizon BCBSNJ employee.

No bribes, kickbacks or other similar payments, in any form, shall be made to anyone for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business or any other favorable action. No gifts or entertainment may be given as an inducement to generate any business, including that involving a federal health care program.

Horizon BCBSNJ's purchasing decisions are made based on a Vendor's ability to meet Horizon BCBSNJ's needs and not on the basis of personal relationships or friendships. Gifts, meals, favors or entertainment that would likely result in an expectation of a personal obligation, should not be extended nor accepted.

Horizon BCBSNJ will never pressure any Vendor to purchase its products or services as a condition of doing business with Horizon BCBSNJ. Likewise, Vendors may not dictate purchases of goods or services from them simply because they are customers of Horizon BCBSNJ.