Increasing access to quality, affordable
health care is why we’re in business, and we support sustainable efforts to improve health equity and health outcomes across Illinois.
Pursuing Health Equity
BCBSIL continued to broaden its efforts to promote health equity as the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted longstanding health disparities.
More than $350,000 in grants were provided to six community-based organizations working to improve maternal health outcomes on Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods. Their programs include a home-visiting program for young mothers, doula services and training and mentorship for women of color specializing in maternal health.
Non-Hispanic Black women are six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as non-Hispanic White women. “You have to look at what’s going on and find out why we are failing Black women,” says Cynthia Jacinthe, owner and founder of Dr. Jacynia Women's Care Consulting, one of the grant recipients. “We have to change things around.”
Helping Illinoisans Get Coverage
Community outreach specialists helped expand access to health care coverage during a special enrollment period triggered by the pandemic and during the annual open enrollment period.
Team members helped Illinoisans navigate their options by phone, virtually and at in-person events. They also hosted three Community Care Fairs, offering education about health coverage along with vaccine clinics and other health and wellness resources.
BCBSIL continued to offer marketplace plan options in every Illinois county and also expanded Medicare Advantage offerings to 17 new counties. This expansion provided new coverage options to 430,000 additional Medicare-eligible Illinoisans, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
Network providers and members as of 12/31/2021