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2012 Press Releases

Blue Cross Recognizes Employee as 2012 Volunteer of the Year for Enthusiastic Service to Non-profit Organizations

December 18, 2012

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!

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BCBSTX Offers Strategies to Improve Health While Saving Money in the New Year

December 18, 2012

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.

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Caring for Children Foundation of Texas Care Van® Program Gives One Million Free Immunizations to Uninsured Kids

November 14, 2012

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.

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BCBSTX Helps Consumers Navigate Coming Changes to Health Insurance

November 12, 2012

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.

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BCBSTX and Loveisrespect Collaborate to Bring Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program to 170 Schools in Texas

October 12, 2012

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.

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BCBSTX Introduces a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan

October 1, 2012

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.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to Expand Medicare Product Offerings

September 19, 2012

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.

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American Lung Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Partner to Improve Asthma Care

September 11, 2012

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."

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Gov. Perry Appoints Stansbury to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency

September 10, 2012

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.

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BCBSTX Encourages Immunizations as the Flu Season Begins Early/Costs More and Whooping Cough Epidemic Looms

August 29, 2012

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.

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Assistance Available for Members Impacted by Hurricane Isaac

August 28, 2012

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.

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Local Nonprofits Struggle with Cuts in Grant Funding; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Responds

August 28, 2012

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.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Commitments to Providing Free Immunizations to 27,000 Children

August 24, 2012

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.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Warns of Heat Dangers During Summer Exercise

July 10, 2012

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.

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New President Named at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

May 17, 2012

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.

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Who Says Texas Kids Can't Play Outside in the Summer?

May 14, 2012

Richardson, TXThe 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.

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Texas Asthma Cases and Costs Increase as Awareness Month Approaches

May 4, 2012

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.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Promotes Healthy Workplace Habits

April 25, 2012

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.

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