The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies providing insurance to nearly 107 million individuals in every ZIP code across the country. Started in 1929 as a partnership between a local hospital and financially struggling patients, BCBS companies have continued the tradition of increasing access to affordable care for their members.
Today, BCBSA continues to lead the health care industry through innovative initiatives involving research, best-practice sharing, industry partnerships and quality care networks. BCBS companies provide health insurance plans to one-in-three Americans through individual, employer-sponsored, labor union, Federal Employee Program, Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans. As the nation’s most experienced health insurers, BCBS companies are committed to providing members with access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage no matter who they are or where they live.
Through Blue Distinction Centers, Blue companies identify quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results—with special recognition for centers that demonstrate affordability. BCBSA is a leading proponent of Blue Button® 2.0, a key government effort encouraging patient access and control of their own medical records. BCBSA also fuels health care insights through BCBS Health Index, a secure repository of data from 40 million members across the country, leveraged to improve the health of all Americans by focusing resources and research where it can make the most impact.
You can learn more about BCBSA’s commitment to improve the health of America at bcbs.com.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. Blue Button is a registered service mark owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Plan participation does not imply endorsement by HHS or the U.S. government.