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2014 News Releases

BCBSIL Awards $30,000 to Help Support Mano a Mano Family Resource Center's Healthy Families Program

Nov. 26, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) awarded $30,000 to Mano a Mano Family Resource Center to help contribute to their mission to empower immigrant and underserved families of Lake County. The grant provides much-needed resources for quality programs and services.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Salutes Veterans Year-round

Nov. 17, 2014

Chicago, IL — On this Veterans Day and every day, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is proud to serve the men and women who served our country. Through hiring initiatives and grant programs, BCBSIL offers veterans new opportunities once they return to civilian life.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Invests $725,000 to Support Illinoisans with Diabetes

Nov. 12, 2014

Chicago, IL — Nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and 79 million are at risk for developing the disease. Because of the huge scale of this chronic condition, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committing $725,000 to support organizations that work with Illinoisans who have diabetes and those they identify as pre-diabetics.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Holding Free Health Care Enrollment and Wellness Fair in Chicago on Saturday, November 22

Nov. 12, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is offering uninsured Chicago residents an opportunity to sign up for health coverage at a free enrollment and wellness fair, on Saturday, November 22, from 9 am – 3 pm, at the Rauner Family YMCA, 2700 S. Western Ave, in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Announces Products and Services for 2015 Individual, Small Group Open Enrollment

Nov. 11, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced today its 2015 individual and small group health insurance product offerings as part of its continued commitment to expand access to health insurance and health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. The products are available both on and off the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning November 15th.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Helps Keep Special Olympics Athletes Healthy

Oct. 23, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is proud to support Special Olympics Illinois with more than $75,000 in funding.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Offers Assistance to Consumers for Upcoming Open Enrollment

Oct. 22, 2014

Chicago, IL — With as many as 1.8 million uninsured in Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is mobilizing its resources across the state to help people better understand insurance coverage options and the financial benefits that may be available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Continues Sustained Statewide Education Effort on the Affordable Care Act

Oct. 15, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced that it is continuing its statewide education efforts it began over a year ago in advance of the inaugural enrollment period for Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Helps Grow Young Leaders in Rockford

Oct. 10, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is awarding a $15,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant to the nonprofit Angelic Organics Learning Center to support the Roots & Wings Urban Agriculture and Youth Development Program.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Pioneers First Specialty Intensive Medical Home Program

Oct. 07, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announces the first specialty intensive medical home (IMH) program in the state, with the Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG), the state's largest independent gastroenterology practice, effective September 1, 2014.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Funds Play with a Purpose

Oct. 06, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is awarding a $75,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant to Playworks Illinois to support their work rejuvenating recess and combatting bullying at 13 low-income Chicago Public Schools.

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BCBSIL Announces Three New Commercial Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Agreements

Aug. 13, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announces today three new, strategic agreements aimed at improving patient care while slowing health care cost trends.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Awards $3,372,250 in Grants to Improve the Health of Illinoisans

Aug. 07, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is awarding $3,380,000 to nonprofit health and human service organizations that are making meaningful differences in the lives of the people of Illinois.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chief of Staff Named a Leadership Fellow

Aug. 07, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Chief of Staff Manika Turnbull has been selected to the elite Leadership Fellows Class of 2015 by Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Members Can Divvy at a Discount

Jul. 21, 2014

Chicago, IL — The price of an annual membership to Chicago's bike sharing program is about to drop for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members. Beginning August 1, BCBSIL members will be able to sign up for an annual Divvy membership at the discounted rate of $65 per year.

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Mayor Emanuel, BCBSIL Announce Partnership to Support Divvy Bike Share System

May. 01, 2014

Chicago, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has committed to a $12.5 million, five-year sponsorship investment to support, strengthen and expand the popular Divvy bike share program.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' Tammy Smith Named "Woman of Excellence" by Chicago Defender

Apr. 14, 2014

Chicago, IL — The Chicago Defender strives to support African-American women who inspire others through their exceptional achievements and participation in community service. This year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' (BCBSIL) Tamatha Smith, Retail Markets Think Blue team Manager, occupies one of the 50 coveted spots in the publications 8th Annual Women of Excellence Awards.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Grant Window Open Through March 21

Feb. 25, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is accepting applications for Community Partner Grants (CPG) and Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) grants now through March 21, 2014.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Launches Scholarship to Help Future Health Science Leaders

Feb. 14, 2014

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) President Karen Atwood returned to her alma mater, DePaul University, to present an $80,000 check that will benefit two students pursuing degrees in Health Sciences.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Provides Donation to Advance Construction of Springfield High School Athletic Practice Facility

Feb. 10, 2014

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois announces today that it is donating $7,000 to the capital funding campaign to develop and construct a synthetic playing surface at Springfield High School's New Street athletic practice facility.

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