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2013 News Releases

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PREP Initiative Receives a Top Honor from URAC

Oct. 15, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois received the Bronze award initiative in the Health Plan category from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), a leading health care accreditation and education organization, for their Preventing Readmissions through Effective Partnerships (PREP).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is Putting One Foot in Front of the Other to Save Lives

Sep. 26, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is proud to be stepping up and stepping out as a major local sponsor of this year's Metro Chicago Heart Walk, which aims to raise $3,000,000 in donations to fund valuable research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Funds Community Effort to Get Eligible Families to Take Advantage of Benefits

Sep. 23, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is helping fund a program aimed closing the large gap between the high number of Chicago Public School families who qualify for health insurance and other benefits but are not taking advantage of them.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chief of Staff, Dr. Manika Turnbull, Named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders

Sep. 09, 2013

Chicago, IL — Diversity MBA Magazine, supports business diversity by advancing understanding, validating best practices and rewarding leadership, and this year our very own Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chief of Staff, Dr. Manika Turnbull, occupies one of the 100 coveted spots in the magazine's list of the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders of 2013.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois in Marion Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Aug. 30, 2013

Marion, IL — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Marion facility has much to celebrate in the month of September. Along with its 30-year anniversary in the community, its employees are also celebrating 10 years at their current location at 5001 Meadowland Parkway.

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New Immunization Requirements for Chicago Public School Students

Aug. 14, 2013

Parents of Chicago Public School Students: 6th through 8th graders are now required to get a whooping cough shot/booster (also known as Tdap) before starting the new school year.

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BCBSIL/Chicago Care Van Tours the City for Back-to-School Immunizations

Aug. 13, 2013

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)  is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to get Chicago students back to school healthy.

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Mayor Emanuel and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Launch Additional Playstreets to Get Chicago Children Moving

Aug. 13, 2013

Mayor Emanuel and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois launched a second round of PlayStreets today. This program is specifically designed to involve children and families throughout Chicago neighborhoods in active play.

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Response Genetics, Inc. Announces Contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Jul. 13, 2013

Response Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGDX), a company focused on the development and sale of molecular diagnostic tests that help determine a patient's response to cancer therapy, today announced that it has recently executed a provider contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

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BCBSIL Teams with Walgreens to Help Educate Consumers in Preparation for New Health Insurance Marketplaces

Jul. 10, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today launched a joint campaign to educate Illinois consumers about the new health care reform law and provide them with information on how to access coverage and understand other changes they may experience as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and Blue Cross Announce In-Network Agreement

Jul. 09, 2013

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced an agreement that makes CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) an in-network provider of cancer care for its members.

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Chicago Heights Children to Design Dream Playground

Jun. 26, 2013

Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and organizers from KaBOOM! will host a design day for children at HACC developments, John Mackler Homes and Sunrise Apartments on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Children from the community will put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a reality.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois "Tickled Pink" to Sponsor Golf Fundraiser Benefitting Breast Cancer Fund

Jun. 05, 2013

Springfield, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is proud to be the In the Pink Sponsor of the "Play for the Cure" golf outing this Saturday, June 8, at Brookhills Golf Club in Springfield.

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Springfield Children to Design Dream Playground at Sojourn Shelter & Services

Jun. 05, 2013

Sojourn Shelter & Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, and organizers from KaBOOM! will host a design day for children at Sojourn Shelter on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

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Chicago Children to Design Dream Playground at Catalysts Schools-Maria

Jun. 03, 2013

The Catalyst Schools, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, and organizers from KaBOOM! will host a design day for children at Catalysts Schools-Maria on Monday, June 3, 2013. Children from The Catalyst Schools-Maria, will put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a reality.

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Announcement of the Blue Cross/Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Business Relationship

May. 30, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Employee Benefit Trust (MCHC) have amicably agreed to end their business relationship.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and OSF HealthCare Team to Create Accountable Care Organization to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

May. 17, 2013

Chicago and Peoria, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and OSF HealthCare, a system owned and operated by "The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis", Peoria, Illinois, announced today their intent to form a new, strategic alliance, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Employees Log 338 Volunteer Hours During National Volunteer Week

May. 06, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 21–27) by recognizing the achievements of our volunteers and offering a host of new opportunities to serve others.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Launches "Be Covered Illinois" Campaign to Raise Awareness of Individual Health Insurance Enrollment Options

Apr. 11, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today launched a statewide education and outreach initiative targeting Illinois' uninsured residents.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Partner Organizations Unite and Activate Neighborhoods through Fun, Safe Play

Mar. 19, 2013

"Play Streets" events in Chicago aim to tackle the various barriers to play including: promoting safety, opening public spaces, changing sedentary habits and providing resources and technical support for community-based organizations to facilitate play. The Chicago network will promote fun, healthy living, safer blocks and community cohesion.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Named Top Blues Plan

Mar. 05, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has been ranked as the top Blues plan in a 2013 customer satisfaction survey among large health insurers in the U.S., according to a leading consumer insurance information website, Insure.com.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Increases Health and Wellness Savings for Members

Jan. 23, 2013

Chicago, IL — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), the state's largest customer owned health insurer, announces an expanded member discount program, now called Blue365®, which provides opportunities for more comprehensive savings on health and wellness products and services at discounted prices.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Offers Strategies to Improve Health While Saving Money in the New Year

Jan. 17, 2013

For many consumers, the start of a new year presents an opportunity to update health goals and rethink financial priorities. Weight loss, smoking cessation and better money management often top the list of health and wellness goals. However, many may not recognize the inherent link that exists between better health and saving money.

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