To improve vaccination rates, BCBSTX and the Texas Department of State Health worked together to more accurately determine which members are behind on immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases, including COVID-19. The data-sharing effort allowed BCSBTX to reach out to members with immunization gaps to provide vaccine education and help them find providers to get caught up.
Bringing Care to Communities
The Caring Foundation of Texas and its Care Van® program, supported by BCBSTX, collaborates with community partners to bring childhood immunizations, vision and dental screenings and health education to communities across the state.
In 2021, the program’s 11 vans served more than 20,425 Texans and provided about 21,060 immunizations, including 9,464 COVID-19 vaccinations, and 38,284 other preventive health services.
The Care Van program collaborated with community health clinics and school districts to help protect high-risk residents against COVID-19 when the vaccines became available.
“Our partnership with the Caring Foundation and the Care Van has made a big difference,” says Dr. Eric Baggerman, chief executive officer of Amistad Community Health Center in Corpus Christi. “Our outreach has improved and we’re getting to people who need our services. That’s what this partnership has really helped us do.”
Helping Texans Get Coverage
Our community outreach specialists helped expand access to health care coverage during a special enrollment period triggered by the pandemic and during the annual open enrollment period.
Team members helped Texans navigate their options in English and Spanish by phone, virtually and at in-person events.
BCBSTX continued to offer marketplace plan options in every Texas county and expanded Medicare Advantage offerings to 58 new counties. This expansion provided new coverage options to more than 542,000 additional Medicare-eligible Texans, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
Network providers and members as of 12/31/2021