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2012 News Releases

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Partner Organizations Continue Play Streets in Chicago

November 20, 2012

Chicago, IL — More Play Streets events are coming to Chicago neighborhoods that lack safe and open spaces for kids to play. Through support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), Play Streets events will continue to be hosted by Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago (LISC/Chicago) and World Sport Chicago (WSC).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chosen to Administer Health Coverage for Dual-Eligible Residents in Chicago Area

November 19, 2012

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced today that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has chosen it to participate in the state's demonstration project aimed at integrating health care for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid — individuals often referred to as "dual eligibles" — as part of the Illinois Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Loveisrespect Collaborate to Bring Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program to 150 Schools in Illinois

October 19, 2012

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and Loveisrespect, the ultimate source of support for young people to prevent and end dating abuse, have announced a joint initiative to bring a comprehensive program to spread awareness and promote healthy relationships to 150 schools in Illinois.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Introduces a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan to its Medicare Offering for the 2013 Annual Enrollment Period

October 1, 2012

Chicago, IL — Medicare beneficiaries in Illinois now have another option for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and coordinated care. Health Care Service Corporation, parent company to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), is introducing Blue Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM, a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) that expands its Medicare offerings in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Family Service Center and KaBoom! to Build Playground in Just One Day for Children

August 25, 2012

More than 200 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Family Service Center, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces on Saturday, August 25 to build a new playground at the Center. The new playground's design is based on drawings created by Family Service Center foster children who participated in a Design Day event in June.

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Third Annual Statewide Wellness Competition Awards Announced; WOWIEs Draw Increased Competition from 40 Companies

August 7, 2012

Oak Brook Terrace, IL — Seven companies, divided into two categories, were recognized today for their excellent employee wellness programs that demonstrated savings in premiums and improvement in employee productivity. The award competition, called the WOWIES, is an annual competition sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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BCBSIL, Village of University Park, and KaBOOM! to Build Playground in Just One Day for Children

July 28, 2012

More than 200 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Village of University Park, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces on Saturday, July 28 to build a new playground at Craig Park. The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in June.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Lots of Love Community Center to Build 100th KaBoom! Playground in Chicago in One Day

June 23, 2012

More than 200 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Lots of Love Community Center, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Auburn-Gresham community will join forces on Saturday, June 23 to build the 100th KaBOOM! playground in Chicago. The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May.

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Food Network Star Jamie Deen to Participate in Diabetes Awareness Events at Toyota Park

June 20, 2012

Chicago, IL — The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that Novo Nordisk spokesperson and host of Food Network's "Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen," Jamie Deen will take part in a series of activities to help educate and raise awareness for diabetes prior to the Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew match June 23.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is Lauded for Community Efforts

May 28, 2012

They say it's an honor just to be nominated — but it's even better to win! Illinois Public Affairs recently received two awards. Clarita Santos, director of Community Health Initiatives, was honored with a Breaking Barriers Award on Tuesday, May 8. It was handed out by the Chicago Foundation for Women's Asian American Leadership Council, based on community nominations.

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BCBSIL, Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resources Team Up to Promote Employee Wellness Contest

April 24, 2012

Chicago, IL — Amidst a backdrop of national health care reform and a sluggish economy, Illinois businesses continue to seek ways to control health care costs without shifting premium increases onto already overburdened employees.

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BCBSA Highlights 10 Ways Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies are Working to Keep Patients Safe

March 15, 2012

Washington, DC — More than a decade since the Institute of Medicine's landmark To Err is Human report, patient safety remains a critical issue and imperative for the healthcare industry. In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4–10) led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is outlining 10 examples of key initiatives that Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are undertaking to help improve patient safety at all levels of care.

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Apply for the 2012 WOWIES! Award

March 7, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and The Illinois State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management team up for the 2012 WOWIES! (Wellness in our Workplace) Awards.

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Zion Park District to Unveil Indoor "Imagination Playground"

February 10, 2012

Zion, IL — The children at the Zion Park District are playing in a whole new way since State Representative JoAnn Osmond recommended they apply for a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant for indoor play equipment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). BCBSIL has partnered with KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, in seeking organizations looking for new and innovative equipment to increase physical activity in the children they serve.

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Michael J. Mannion Joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

February 8, 2012

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced that Michael J. Mannion has joined the company as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, effective January 2, 2012.

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Belvidere Family YMCA to Unveil Indoor "Imagination Playground"

February 3, 2012

Belvidere, IL — The children of Belvidere Family YMCA are playing in a whole new way since Senator Dave Syverson recommended they apply for a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant for indoor play equipment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). BCBSIL has partnered with KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, in seeking organizations looking for new and innovative equipment to increase physical activity in the children they serve.

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Alton Day Care and Learning Center to Unveil Indoor "Imagination Playground" Awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois & KaBOOM!

January 24, 2012

Alton, IL — The children of Alton Day Care and Learning Center are playing in a whole new way after receiving innovative play equipment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Named #1 in the U.S.

January 20, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is ranked the best in customer satisfaction among large health insurers in the U.S., according to a leading consumer insurance information website, Insure.com.

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