Empire BlueCross BlueShield has been providing health care coverage to New York residents for more than 80 years. It is the largest insurer in New York with a membership of four million members. The insurer's members reside in 28 counties throughout the state of New York. Empire BlueCross BlueShield is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Empire BlueCross BlueShield's charitable efforts are handled through the Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation. The Foundation provided nearly $1.4 million in grants to various organizations in 2016. Empire also contributed an additional $294,650. Empire employees volunteered 6,530 hours in 2016. Through its charitable efforts, Empire seeks to improve the health of members of the communities it serves.