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News Releases - 2019

June 11, 2019

Blue Health Initiatives Sponsors KANcycle

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state's largest health insurer, is making a contribution through its Blue Health Initiatives program to be the primary sponsor for the KANcycle program launch. Blue Cross also has committed to further support in coming years as the program grows.

KANcycle, a program of OCCK, Inc. Transportation, and Zagster, Inc. will be launching a new bike-share program for eight communities in North Central Kansas that will provide everyone with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring a first of its kind rural bike share program for the following communities: Belleville, Beloit, Concordia, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Mankato, Minneapolis and Salina.

"For more than 75 years, we've made helping Kansans lead healthier lives one of our top priorities," said Virginia Barnes, director of Blue Health Initiatives. "Bike share encourages both active living and provides a means for community members to access resources they need to stay healthy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is proud to serve as primary sponsor for KANcycle and we look forward to helping grow the program in the next few years."

"OCCK Transportation is excited to bring an additional transportation option, a way to help promote healthier communities, and an enjoyable recreational activity," said Claire Mullen, director of Mobility Management. "We are thrilled to bring something new to North Central Kansas like bike sharing; we are proud of this unique program."

For additional information on the program, visit the KANcycle Facebook page.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

For more than 75 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 Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com.

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