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Blue Cross Blue Shield

Quick Overview of What Blue Cross Blue Shield Is and How It Works

One of the most consumer misunderstandings about health insurance plans with the Blue Cross Blue Shield name is that these plans all come from the same company. The reality is that there are several dozen companies that offer plans using the "Blue Cross" and/or "Blue Shield" names and these plans can differ in cost and quality.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is "37 independently operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield member companies, a Federal Employee Program and an Association, which serves the collective needs of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans".1 Some are non-profit companies and some are for-profit companies. Some of the companies operate only within one state while others operate in multiple states. There are also instances where separate Blue companies compete against one another in the same state. For example, California has "Blue Shield of California" and "Anthem Blue Cross." Likewise, Idaho, has "BlueCross of Idaho" as well as "Regence BlueShield of Idaho."

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is the entity that licenses the use of the Blue Cross Blue Shield trademarks to the various companies with which it does business.2

Over 100 million Americans are enrolled in Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans across every state and the District of Columbia. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association claims that in the United States "more than 96% of hospitals and 91% of professional providers contract directly with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies."3

Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Insurance

Given the numerous insurance companies using the Blue Cross Blue Shield name, there are a variety of Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare insurance products including Part D prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans. There are also Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Supplement products. Medicare Supplement is also known by the name "Medigap." There are 10 standard Medicare Supplement plans used by 47 states. Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have their own unique Medicare Supplement plan designs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance

Below is a list of Blue Cross Blue Shield brands in the United States:

  • Alabama, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Alaska, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Arizona, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • California, Anthem Blue Cross
  • California, Blue Shield
  • Colorado, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Connecticut, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Delaware, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • District of Columbia, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Georgia, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Hawaii, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii
  • Idaho, Blue Cross
  • Idaho, Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Indiana, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Kentucky, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Louisiana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Maine, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Maryland, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Massachusetts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Michigan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Mississippi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Missouri, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Missouri, BlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas City
  • Montana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Nebraska, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Nevada, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • New Hampshire, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • New Jersey, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • New York, BlueCross & BlueShield of Western
  • New York, BlueShield of Northeastern
  • New York, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • New York, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • North Carolina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • North Dakota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
  • Pennsylvania, Blue Cross of Northeastern -- Wilkes-Barre
  • Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield
  • Pennsylvania, Capital BlueCross -- Harrisburg
  • Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield -- Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross -- Philadelphia
  • Rhode Island, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • South Carolina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • South Dakota, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Tennessee, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Texas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Utah, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
  • Vermont, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Virginia, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield *
  • Virginia, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield *
  • Washington, Premera Blue Cross
  • Washington, Regence BlueShield
  • West Virginia, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia
  • Wisconsin, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield



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