Blue Cross Newsletter


January 19, 2009





To: All Blue Cross Contracting Providers
From: Cindy Garrison, Communications Coordinator
Institutional Relations
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.
An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Premier Blue Discontinued


Beginning January 1, 2008, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas began phasing out Premier Blue to our members.  Premier Blue (also known as Premier Health, Inc) is a health maintenance organization (HMO) healthcare policy that BCBSKS began offering to employer groups in 1995.  Through this managed care program, members selected a primary care physician who coordinated all care.  Throughout 2008 employer groups enrolled in Premier Blue were offered other BCBSKS policies. 

Premier Blue members can be identified by the alpha prefix XSP on their ID card.  Premier Blue was not offered statewide, but rather it was limited to the following counties:  Atchison, Brown, Butler, Chase, Clay, Coffey, Cowley, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Kingman, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Sumner, Wabaunsee, and Washington.

As of January 1, 2009, there are 164 members enrolled in Premier Blue and by May1, 2009, all Premier Blue contracts will be discontinued.

If you were one of the many Premier Blue contracting facilities, we appreciate your participation throughout the years.