Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®
We are one of the most recognized and accepted symbols in health care
The independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Associations are among the country’s oldest and largest providers of prepaid health insurance coverage, with 38 member plans that collectively provide coverage to about 100 million people. Blue Cross and Blue Shield member plans understand the importance of security, strength, and stability in people’s lives.
Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and benefits from the national strength of its member plans.
We have a strong and long-standing partnership with Medicare
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been part of the Medicare program since its inception in 1965. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare contractors are the largest processors of Medicare claims. In 2005, they processed nearly 90 percent of 179 million Medicare claims from hospitals and other provider institutions (Part A) and 72 percent of more than 981 million claims from physicians and other health care practitioners (Part B).1
We provide safe, effective health care — anywhere*
When traveling, your ID card gives you access to Blue Cross Blue Shield networks of health care providers across the country and around the world.
For more information, visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association website.
*Only available with Personal Choice 65 PPO plans.
1Medicare Contractor Program. Retrieved February 16, 2007, from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association website.
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