Blue Shield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) has been supplying the Buffalo-Niagara region for over 60 years with the highest quality and progressive healthcare insurance. BCBSNNY ranks as one of the most financially stable and experienced health insurance companies in the area. The company strives to deliver high-quality and affordable healthcare insurance products and services, top-notch customer service, and develop forward-thinking healthcare solutions.
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 Shield of Northeastern New York has grown today to more than 570,000 members strong. BCBSWNY encompasses an 8-county service area and they employ about 1100. They offer a full complement of health insurance products as well as all the federal programs. BSNNY is constantly building its relationships with hospitals and doctors by working closely with them to better the quality and delivery of healthcare. Better still, by empowering members through healthcare education, the company ensures they live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Would Not Pay
My mother had BCBS for most of her life. She was hospitalized twice within two weeks and BCBS absolutely refused to pay her hospital bills. They claimed that she was no longer a resident of New York because her SS check was being sent to New Hampshire and, therefore, since she lived in NH they did not have to pay her bills. I spent months trying to prove that she still resided in NY and always had. I had SS write a letter to BCBS explaining the situation, had senator Clinton contact them, and I even had Medicare involved. Believe it or not, BCBS even had they own representative visit her in her home in NY, but BCBS still refused to pay her bills categorically stating that she didn't reside in NY and, therefore, was not eligible. And, get this, Medicare refused to force them to pay her bills; apparently, Medicare didn't want to rock the boat and in the end, keeping BCBS happy trumped what was right and fair and I was forced to find other insurance for my mother.