The Blue Cross and Blue Shield System


For 86 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. Today, the 36 independent and locally operated BCBS companies offer a personalized approach to healthcare based on the local needs of the communities where members live and work.

More than 106 million people — nearly one-in-three Americans — rely on BCBS companies for healthcare coverage. Learn more by reading Blue Facts