Anthem Blue Cross of California has been in business since 1937 and has set a high standard for comprehensive care in the Golden State. The reason why Anthem Blue Cross of California has been successful in the nation’s most populous state is the diverse range of resources provided to individuals, small businesses and large corporations on a daily basis. Every customer can expect to have their health needs catered to by their Blue Cross representative because of the company’s dynamic approach.
Anthem Blue Cross of California has been around for over seventy years. The company is part of a proud tradition that dates back to the 1920s when The Blue Cross brand originated 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 Association merged in 1982 to become the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Anthem formed as a spin-off of American General Insurance in the eighties. It went on to become a publicly-traded company in 2001 and three years later, it finished merging with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Late that same year, it merged with and changed its name to WellPoint. While Anthem is no longer officially a company, WellPoint still uses the Anthem Blue Cross name in eleven states.
Anthem Blue Cross of California originally formed in 1927 and has grown by leaps and bounds to encompass a network of over 8-million members, 330 hospitals, over 52,000 physicians and specialists, while allowing national access through the BlueCard program.
Companies throughout the Golden State entrust Anthem Blue Cross of California for insuring their employees. Small companies and individuals can join the 1.6 million Blue Cross members that form the company’s Individual and Small Group Division. The Large Group Division covers 4.1 million members within companies ranging from 51 employees to 2,000 plus employees.
Anthem Blue Cross of California divides the Large Group Division into key, major and special accounts to provide better access to groups of different sizes. This latter group spans over educational, government and other services that require massive resources to maintain on a daily basis.
The 5.7 million employees and individuals employed under the Small and Large Group divisions have allowed Wellpoint, Anthem Blue Cross of California’s parent company, to expand beyond the state with a similar level of service.