Since its founding, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) has provided affordable health insurance coverage to its members who now total more than 600,000. As the largest and oldest privately-held health insurance provider in the state of Oklahoma, it focuses its attention on its customers instead of shareholders.
BCBSOK can locate its founding all the way back 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.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma today is based upon the Oklahoma division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which is a mutual legal reserve company. HCSC dates back to 1936 and today is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Overall, HCSC operates BCBS of Illinois, BCBS of New Mexico, and BCBS of Texas.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma was founded more than 70 years ago and Oklahoma is the only state in which they do business.BCBSOK 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 service.
Overall, there are forty-one Blue Plans with a member network exceeding 90-million. In fact, that is about one-third of those who have health insurance in the United States. A majority of Fortune 500 companies cover their employees with plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield.