The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation has been promoting the good health of Kansans since 2005 by providing more than $5.5 million in financial support for initiatives that focus on key health issues impacting the lives of many Kansans. The Foundation seeks opportunities to fund programs and activities that promote health improvement, community health access and/or health education, healthy behaviors, prevention initiatives and direct health services to the uninsured.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state's largest health insurer, incorporated the Foundation in July 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives. An initial gift of $2 million was made in 2005 and the corpus has grown to $12 million. The Foundation is required by law to distribute at least 5 percent of its assets each year.
Funding decisions are made by the Foundation’s five-member board of directors and/or the Foundation's chief operating officer, acting upon recommendations made by a committee of Blue Cross employees.