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Pioneering health coverage since 1929

For nearly 90 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies have provided secure and stable healthcare coverage to people in communities across the country. BCBS grew out of a grassroots approach to a prepaid hospital plan in 1929.

The 36 independent and locally operated BCBS companies take what we learn from covering one in three Americans to make healthcare work better for everyone.

Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies cover:

  • 88 of America’s Fortune 100 employers.
  • 7 million people who work for small employers.
  • More than 17 million unionized workers, retirees and their families—the first choice for organized labor.
  • Millions of Americans through government-supported healthcare programs, including:
    • 5.6 million federal workers through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program – the top choice for federal workers.
    • 7.1 million through Medicaid programs.
    • 3.2 million through Medicare Advantage.
    • 4.1 million through Medigap supplemental insurance.
    • 1.5 million through Medicare Part D Rx drug plans.