Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) is a national alliance of 39 independent, community-based and locally-operated health insurers. For more than 80 years, BCBS has provided millions of families with top-quality, affordable health insurance coverage.

  • BCBS is the nation’s oldest and largest family of health benefits companies
  • BCBS brands are among the most recognized in the health insurance industry and the professional medical community

A Consortium of Care

Collectively, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield System provides healthcare coverage for 100 million people or one-in-three Americans.

  • 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies assure locally-administered customer care
  • Among the 20 largest employers in the U.S.
  • BCBS healthcare coverage is available in all 50 states
  • Nationwide, more than 90 percent of hospitals and 80 percent of physicians contract with BCBS companies – more than any other insurer today

By the Numbers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies offer a variety of insurance products to all segments of the population, including employer groups, small businesses and individuals.

  • 72.3 million in PPOs
  • 10.8 million in traditional, fee-for-service programs
  • 14.5 million in HMOs
  • 4.8 million in point-of-service (POS) products

National Coverage

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