Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming (BCBSWY) occupies a unique place in a state known for a large geographical area and small population. With a total state population of only about 500,000, BCBSW has developed benefits plans tailored to meet the needs of each and every individual, family, and employer group in the state. BCBSW has made customers their number one priority and is among the top for claims and customer service. They also rank high as a quality data provider and is recognized by the Federal Employee Program for its excellent cost-to-performance ratio.
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.
In 1945 the Wyoming Hospital Service, otherwise known as the Wyoming Blue Cross Plan, was formed and had over 6000 members by the end of 1946. In 1947, the Wyoming Medical Service or Wyoming Blue Shield is formed and operates as a not-for-profit. By the end of 1948, Wyoming Blue Shield is over 9000. In 1976, the Wyoming Hospital Service and Wyoming Medical Service merge to become the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming. By 2004, the company’s enrollment exceeds 100,000.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming is a not-for-profit health insurance provider covering the entire state. The company today insures over 100,000 and processed claims of nearly $370 million in 2009 alone. Employing more than 200, BCBSWY maintains its corporate headquarters in Cheyenne as well as 10 sales and service office throughout Wyoming. BCBSWY is also an active community contributor and is highly involved in promoting health and well-being of the state’s residents.