Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is on a mission to be the leading health and wellness company in the communities they serve. Highmark has a vision of granting access to affordable, quality healthcare to all members of their community. By providing innovative programs, products, and services, Highmark lives out this mission and vision each and every day.
The Blue Cross brand originated in 1929 at Baylor University with a plan offering teachers three weeks of hospital care for $6 per year. As the company grew, it began offering coverage to other employee groups in Dallas and later expanded to national coverage. The Blue Shield brand was developed at the start of last century with lumber and mining employers in the Pacific Northwest paying a monthly fee to a designated group of physicians.Blue Shield and the Blue Cross Associationmerged in 1982 to become the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
As a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association family, Highmark was formed in 1996 when Pennsylvania Blue Shield (Highmark Blue Shield) and Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania (Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield) consolidated. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the result of a long tradition of helping Pennsylvania residents afford healthcare. Today, Highmark is one of the largest health insurance companies in the nation.
Highmark Inc. is an independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee based in Pittsburgh. With nearly 5-million subscribers throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Highmark is one of the largest BCBSA companies in the United States. Overall, the company employs more than 20,000 while providing products and services for health, vision, dental, and supplemental health to about 32-million people.
Highmark has also partnered with various government entities and processes Medicare claims for millions and provides dental benefits for military families in addition to dental and vision coverage for federal employees. The company also insures state employees and administers the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program.