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Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced today that Christy Zegub, a senior systems security specialist at BCBSTX has been named the company's Volunteer of the Year. Our 2012 Employee Volunteer of the Year has supported numerous charitable initiatives such as Anti-Bullying Campaigns, @SpecialOlympicsTexas, @EquestTherapeuticHorsemanship, @LoneStarRideFightingAIDS, @JuniorLeagueofDallas,Inc. and the @TempleBethTorah - Humble, Texas and logged more than 233 volunteer hours in our Blue Corps volunteer program!Read More
Richardson, TX — For many consumers, the start of a new year presents an opportunity to update health goals and rethink financial priorities. Weight loss, smoking cessation and better money management often top the list of health and wellness goals. However, many may not recognize the inherent link that exists between better health and saving money. As consumers begin to set both health and financial goals for the new year, BCBSTX offers strategies to help consumers lose weight, stop smoking or improve their overall health, all while saving money.Read More
Richardson, TX — The Caring for Children Foundation of Texas celebrated a milestone in its Care Van® Program last week, recognizing its one millionth immunization has been administered through the Care Van since the program began in 1997.Read More
Richardson, TX — While all Texas residents will be required to have health insurance next year as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act, recent data from Blue Cross and Blue Shield finds that nearly two-thirds of people surveyed do not understand the coming changes brought about by the new law well enough to explain them to a friend. To help all Texas residents become more familiar with how the purchase of health insurance may change next year and new benefits that could be available to them, BCBSTX has launched an online resource called AskBlue Healthcare Reform.Read More
Dallas, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Loveisrespect, the ultimate source of support for young people to prevent and end dating abuse, have announced a joint initiative to bring a comprehensive program to spread awareness and promote healthy relationships to 170 schools in Texas.Read More
Dallas, TX — Medicare beneficiaries in Texas now have another option for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and coordinated care. Health Care Service Corporation, parent company to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is introducing Blue Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM, a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) that expands its Medicare offerings in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Fayette, Fort Bend, Harris, Hays, Lee, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson counties.Read More
Richardson, TX — Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, HCSC Insurance Services Company (HISC), have filed applications and have received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans to Medicare beneficiaries in Texas, effective January 1, 2013.Read More
Richardson, TX — The American Lung Association in Dallas and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) have announced a joint initiative to improve pediatric asthma care to an estimated 30,000 children in Texas over the next three years. In conjunction with BCBSTX's Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF), a three-year initiative that pulls together local, state and national resources in an effort to make a significant impact on childhood health and wellness, BCBSTX will partner with the American Lung Association (ALA) for the "Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Project."Read More
Austin, TX — Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Shannon Stansbury of Dallas to the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2013. The institute will improve health care quality, accountability, education and cost to the state by encouraging health care provider collaboration, effective health care delivery models and coordination of health care services.
Stansbury is a certified health insurance executive and vice president of health care delivery for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member and past president of St. Thomas Holy Name Society. He is a past board member of the Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas and the Bishop Lynch High School Board of Directors.
Stansbury received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.Read More
Richardson, TX — Health experts predict that the flu season will start early and cost more to treat this year. Still, it is preventable just like Texas' looming whooping cough epidemic. And while immunizationmay now be covered at no additional cost, millions of Texans will not get vaccinated this year.Read More
Richardson, TX — During a natural disaster, you never know where you may end up. We at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) understand that many of our members living or traveling in the Gulf Coast may be displaced as a result of Hurricane Isaac.Read More
Austin, TX — BCBSTX is responding to an urgent "call to action" from United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX) and challenges other corporate citizens to do the same.Read More
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced plans today to immunize approximately 27,000 children by the end of 2012. This renewed pledge during National Immunization Month further strengthens BCBSTX's commitment to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program – a three-year initiative that pulls together local, state and national resources in an effort to make a significant impact on childhood health and wellness. Through the Caring for Children Foundation, BCBSTX has already immunized 20,000 kids across the state this year. And by the end of 2012, BCBSTX will have provided its one millionth immunization to Texas children.Read More
Richardson, TX — Regular physical activity is healthy, but during the summer months, it can also be deadly. At least two Texas high school students died after football practice during last year's excessive heat wave. In addition, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) covered about 44,000 heat-related medical claims. That was 6,000 more than the year before at a cost of $22 Million. This summer, the insurer is warning all Texans to take proper precautions when exercising or engaging in other strenuous activity outdoors.Read More
Richardson, TX — Bert Marshall has been named the new president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), it was announced today. Marshall will oversee all aspects of the company's operations, including sales, marketing, healthcare management, network operations, government and community relations. BCBSTX is a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the country's largest customer-owned health insurer.Read More
Richardson, TX — The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 4,020 Texans will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer this year. To help protect vulnerable children, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is building shade structures over some of the playgrounds it has helped build in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Abilene.Read More
Richardson, TX — New data from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) shows medical claims related to asthma are on the rise as we head into "Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month" this May. In addition, a new report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) says six Texas communities are among the top fifty worst places in the country for allergies — which worsen the impact of asthma symptoms.Read More
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will help its employees step into a healthier lifestyle by participating in National Walk @ Lunch Day® on April 25, 2012. From 9am — 1:00 pm, Blue Cross employees will begin their walk around a nature trail adjacent to its campus and will also be able to enjoy prize drawings and giveaway items. The sixth annual walk is part of a growing national workplace fitness effort created in response to recent studies that show Americans do not have time during their day to exercise.Read More