The main goal of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi (BCBSMS) is to constantly work to improve the health of all Mississippians. They strive to provide the highest quality and most affordable healthcare insurance to as many residents as possible. The company keeps to this goal by having the largest network of healthcare providers and maintaining highly financial and operations management.
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 Association merged in 1982 to become the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
After World War II, Mississippi was still a largely rural state and high-quality healthcare was often hard to come by. In order to solve this problem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi was formed and is today the largest health insurance company in the state. The company’s members have access to the largest network of healthcare providers and hospitals.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi is always striving to bolster the overall health and well-being of Mississippi’s residents. The company takes a proactive role in educating everyone in knowing their health risks so they can better manage their health. The goal is to create a healthier Mississippi and help everyone live far healthier, happier, and longer lives. BCBSMS takes this mindset home with it. The company has a tobacco-free workplace, healthy foods cafeteria, fitness facilities, health counseling, and more.