Blue Shield - California Health Insurance Plans for Businesses

Blue Shield Information and Statistics

Blue Shield of California is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association. It is a non-profit health plan that is committed to providing affordable, high-quality health care to California residents. Blue Shield and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. It has a membership of four million throughout the state. Blue Shield members have access to some of the largest doctor networks in California.

Blue Shield works to actively help members manage their care with: preventive care services at no copay; access to alternative treatment such as acupuncture, chiropractic or massage therapy; wellness programs that encourage members, their families, and businesses of all sizes to be proactive about living well; and personalized case management for complex and/or chronic conditions to help improve quality of life.

Insurance Carrier Overview

Blue Shield of California is a non-profit company offering medical, dental, and vision coverage. Blue Shield has a full and narrow network tiers of HMO and PPO plans, and allows only one tier to be selected and any number of plans within the tier. The narrow network plans are through the Covered California SHOP exchange. Blue Shield PPO plans provide national coverage through the Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCard network.

Blue Shield plans tend to be more expensive than other carriers in most California markets. Blue Shield is most competitive in Southern California and for high coverage gold/platinum plans.

PPO Network Overview

Network Type # of California Doctors # of California Hospitals Cost Savings vs. Full Network
Off Exchange/Full PPO PPO 60,000 351 -
Mirror/SHOP Select PPO Narrow PPO 45,000 350 10%

HMO Network Overview

Network Type # of California Doctors # of California Hospitals Cost Savings vs. Full Network
Access+ Full HMO 38,000 320 -
Mirror HMO Narrow HMO 17,000 320 0%
Local Access+ Narrow HMO 17,000 320 3%
Trio ACO Narrow HMO 10,000 215 36%

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Blue Shield Awards & Community Involvement

Since 2005, Blue Shield has contributed more than 325 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation. The contributions benefit nonprofit organization that help strengthen the health safety net and address and prevent domestic violence in California. Since 2005, The Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants.

Blue Shield of California has received numerous awards for its industry-leading programs and services.

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