Company Info - Background

As the state’s largest health insurer BCBSKS is uniquely positioned to improve the health of everyone living in the state. It has the ability to work closely with doctors, hospitals and lawmakers to identify long-term solutions to the problems created by an ever-changing and dynamic health care marketplace. By listening to its members – who represent about one in every three Kansans – BCBSKS can hear about issues that are common concerns to many Kansans, and can lead the way in developing new programs and improved services.

BCBSKS was a pioneer in the “community group” method of enrollment and continues to offer products and services to Kansans of all ages whether they are enrolled through a large employer group, small employer or if they purchase their own insurance. All premiums and insured benefit programs must be filed with the Kansas Insurance Department.

As a mutual insurance company, BCBSKS is owned by its policyholders. Its board of directors consists of Kansans from different areas of the state, up to 16 policyholders who bring to the table practical experience in business, medicine, hospital administration and education. Day-to-day operations are directed by a nine-person steering committee under the guidance of the company’s president/CEO. Customers and health care professionals have a voice in company activities through numerous advisory and liaison committees, as well as focus groups and surveys.

A BCBSKS identification card gives Kansans access to 96 percent of all providers in the company’s 103-county service area, including 99 percent of all medical doctors and 100 percent of all medical facilities. The company’s service area includes all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte in the Kansas City metro area. The company's health enrollment represents approximately 31 percent of the population in its service area.

BCBSKS is a financially secure, billion dollar company that contributes to the Kansas economy in several ways. The company regularly surpasses $2 billion in annual claims payments to health care providers and members. Additionally, BCBSKS contributes more than $140 million a year to the economy through payroll and taxes.

BCBSKS operates two subsidiaries – Advance Insurance Company of Kansas (AICK) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. AICK sells life and disability plans in the BCBSKS service area. The Foundation was incorporated in 2005 and seeks to funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health-related.

BCBSKS is among the owners of Prime Therapeutics, LLC, a pharmacy benefit manager, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a company contracted by the Department of Defense to administer the TRICARE program in the 21-state West Region. In addition, BCBSKS is a minority equity partner of New Directions Behavioral Health, a company that offers managed behavioral healthcare, employee assistance, organizational consulting, and health coaching to its clients.

The BCBSKS headquarters are located at 1133 SW Topeka Blvd. in Topeka, the capitol city of Kansas, and house nearly 1,350 employees. In addition, about 110 employees work in offices in Dodge City, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson, Independence, Lawrence, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Salina and Wichita.

BCBSKS is a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association headquartered in Chicago. There are 37 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans throughout the United States. Each Plan is separate and independent but all Plans cooperate with other Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in the exchange of ideas, processing of claims and providing inter-plan services to customers.

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