Over its history, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSMI) has provided affordable healthcare to anyone needing it regardless of their individual circumstances. BCBSMI believes health problems should never be a reason to end someone’s coverage. Working with the state, BCBSMI has covered over 32,000 children through the MIChild program. They also provide funding to 30 free clinics throughout Michigan and have devoted more funding to healthcare development for Michigan residents than any other company.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigancan locate its founding all the way back to 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.
In 1938, the Michigan Society for Group Hospitals (MSGH) incorporated and at the same time, the Michigan State Medical Society developed a medical prepayment plan to pay physicians for services rendered. In 1939, the MSGH opened its office in Detroit and later became known as Blue Cross of Michigan.
In 1975, Michigan Blue Cross and Michigan Blue Shield merged into one company, known as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. By the mid-nineties, the Blue Care Network was the largest HMO in Michigan with 500,000 subscribers.
Since its founding in 1939, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has grown to provide residents of Michigan with security and knowledge that they have high-quality healthcare available to them whenever they need it.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has an excellent variety of benefits and finance plans tailored to the specific needs of its members. By working tirelessly to meet and exceed their level of commitment, they constantly improve the health of the local areas they serve.