Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer so it is also the largest. BCBSVThasmade it a priority to offer high quality health insurance coverage to all Vermont’s citizens, regardless of their age, occupation, or health conditions. Those who work for BCBSVT are proud of the jobs they do and take great satisfaction in their customer approval ratings. The company remains committed to doing everything they can to improve their relationship with its members, employer groups, and healthcare providers.
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.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont originally started in 1944 as part of BCBS of New Hampshire and Vermont. In the 1980s, the two companies split and BCBSVT began to build its own quickly growing company with around 50 employees. Today the company employs over 300 and is the first health insurance choice for the majority of Vermonters.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s mission is their commitment “to the health of Vermonters, outstanding member experiences and responsible cost management for all of the people whose lives we touch.”
They are known for an empowering work environment that allows employee to control their careers. They strive to continually change and adapt and innovate to changing markets as well as customer and stakeholder needs. In the end, their vision is to transform a “health care system in which every Vermonter has health care coverage, and receives timely, effective, affordable care.”