News Releases - 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas frequently provides company news releases to Kansas media. Listed below are the general releases which have been distributed to media contacts during 2013. These releases are in their original wording as presented to the media. Published versions may have varied.

Schools in 66 counties share $149,650 in Healthy Habits for Life grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
Dec. 19, 2013 - Thousands of children attending schools in 66 Kansas counties will have access to at-school programs during 2014 aimed at improving their health and fostering positive habits. The programs will be funded through 160 Healthy Habits for Life grants totaling $149,650.16 that were recently distributed to school nurses, teachers and administrators by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Employees, Foundation Give $252,828 to United Way Campaigns Across the State
Dec. 10, 2013 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated a total of $252,828.05 this fall to United Way campaigns in Topeka, Salina, Wichita and Hutchinson.

Applications Now Available for BlueCHIP® Awards Program Recognizing Healthy Kansas Communities
Oct. 16, 2013 - Kansas communities that are promoting healthier environments for their residents are encouraged to apply by Dec. 10 for an award from the BlueCHIP® community health improvement program. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) have not only renewed their BlueCHIP partnership for a fourth year, but have also expanded the awards program to recognize six communities. Each of the six winning communities will receive $2,500 to assist them in furthering their health and wellness efforts.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Unveils New Website for Online Sales, Offers 28 BlueCare Plans on the Marketplace
Oct. 1, 2013 - Kansans shopping for their own health insurance in the coming months will be able to choose from a variety of BlueCare plans – all of which meet the new federal guidelines for essential health benefits and no-cost preventive services – through two online sources. Consumers may purchase directly from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas via a new sales website or by selecting one of the 28 BlueCare plans being offered by the company through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Names Stormont-Vail HealthCare First Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® in Service Area
July 25, 2013 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has recognized Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering quality cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. 

Schools Have Until Oct. 10 to Apply for Share of $150,000 in Healthy Habits for Life Grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
July 16, 2013 - School personnel – including nurses, teachers and administrators – interested in helping their students adopt healthy habits have until Oct. 10 to apply for a Healthy Habits for Life grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Sloan Elected Chairman, Four Kansans Elected to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors
May 9, 2013 - Steve W. Sloan, Pittsburg, was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors at its annual meeting May 9 in Topeka. Diane L. Lee, CPA, CSEP, Hutchinson, was elected to a one-year term as vice chairman.

Corbin Promotes Five at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in Reorganization Focused on Success in the New Marketplace
May 8, 2013 - Preparing the state’s largest health insurer for success in the new marketplace is the driving force behind a new organizational structure put in place by Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The changes resulted in the promotion of five employees – three to vice president and two to senior vice president positions – along with new responsibilities for another current leader.

National Walk @ Lunch Day® April 24 Promotes Importance of a Walking Habit in Overall Health
April 3, 2013 - Kansans who want to start walking towards better health have a great opportunity to take the first steps to embarking on a daily walking program April 24 during National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring this seventh annual walking event to remind Kansans that walking is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise, and to encourage busy Kansans to find 30 minutes a day to walk.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Partners with American Red Cross to Assist During Times of Disaster
March 28, 2013 - 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.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Contributions Top $615,900 in 2012
March 14, 2013 - Community health centers and non-profit organizations focused on improving the health of Kansas children were among organizations that received funding in late 2012 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Congratulates Six Kansas Hospitals on Receiving Blue Distinction Center® Designation for Quality, Efficiency
February 25, 2013 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas today congratulates six hospitals in its service area for being recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery and/or Knee and Hip Replacement.

Four Kansas Communities Promoting Healthy Environments Recognized with BlueCHIP® Awards
January 29, 2013 - The collaborative efforts of individuals and organizations in Great Bend, Greensburg, Lawrence and Wichita have resulted in healthier communities for residents living in those communities. Those health-focused efforts also have earned each of the four communities a BlueCHIP® Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Earns Two Prestigious Customer Satisfaction Awards
January 10, 2013 - For the sixth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has been awarded the Highest Customer Service Award in the health care industry by the Service Quality Measurement Group (SQM). The BCBSKS customer service center also was recertified as a "World Class Certified Call Center." This indicates the company's customer service center performed at or sustained the World Class call level.

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