SOUTH PORTLAND — Anthem Health Plans of Maine, a unit of WellPoint Inc., plans to hire as many as 300 full-time workers, from entry-level clerks to managers.

A representative for WellPoint/Anthem issued a news release Friday saying 300 jobs will be added at Anthem’s office in South Portland.

The jobs, which were advertised Friday afternoon on WellPoint’s website and job seeker sites including CareerBuilder.com and Indeed.com, included postings for clerks and claims handlers. The jobs are in South Portland, to serve insured customers across the country.

The job postings offer health insurance and other benefits. Job interviews will be held in July for starting dates in mid-August.

Anthem, a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., will not offer moving assistance. The health insurance company is looking for Maine-based workers.

An Anthem official, who declined to speak on the record, said later that the information was incorrect but declined to elaborate.

WellPoint contacted the Portland Regional Chamber about a week ago to discuss recruiting for the jobs, said Chris Hall, the business organization’s chief executive officer.

“They have been in contact with us for about a week,” Hall said Friday. “They are looking to hire about 200 jobs to start. In this area, 200 jobs is great news.”

The chamber put WellPoint in contact with the University of Southern Maine, the state Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Hall said.

“We’re acting as a connector for them,” he said. “They are creating a bunch of entry-level positions because of federal health care laws. These are great opportunities to grow with the company — jobs with great potential.”

The federal Affordable Care Act will go into full effect on Jan. 1, requiring nearly every American to have health insurance.

WellPoint serves 36 million people through its affiliated plans and nearly 68 million people through its subsidiaries. Anthem Health Plans of Maine Inc. is an independent licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Jessica Hall can be contacted at 791-6316 or at:

jhall@mainetoday.com