News Releases - 2013

March 28, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Partners with American Red Cross to Assist During Times of Disaster

Partnership Includes $25,000 Grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas today announced a unique partnership with the American Red Cross designed to assist Kansans during times of great need. A new Disaster Response Team, comprised entirely of BCBSKS employees, will respond when disaster strikes.

“Volunteerism is one of the great traditions of our company,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “The Disaster Response Team is a continuation of this tradition and allows our skilled employees to apply their time and talents to helping those affected by tragedy.”

This 29-member team will be called upon to respond to large scale disasters, such as flooding and tornados, in the BCBSKS service area. Team members must meet certain eligibility requirements including a willingness to make a two-year commitment and complete an American Red Cross background check. The Red Cross provided basic training for the team and will offer additional training when needed.

“We can develop Red Cross teams that are true collaborative partnerships and that provide a corps of community-based volunteers ready for when a disaster strikes,” explained Jim Allan, Red Cross board chairman. “Partnerships also help educate the community and spread the message of prevention before tragedy strikes.”

Today’s announcement also included a $25,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation to the American Red Cross to assist with its mission of helping people during times of crisis.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
For 70 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit www.bcbsks.com.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation promotes the good health of Kansans who live in the Foundation’s 103-county service area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the largest health insurer in the state, incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives, an effort which both entities believe is an essential factor in keeping health care affordable. Through its giving, the Foundation focuses on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans. It funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health-related and in particular, promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and serves all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.bcbsks.com/foundation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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