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2013 News Releases
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Recognizes Employee as 2013 Volunteer of the Year for Dedicated Service to Others
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced today that Cherry Jefferson, a senior provider network contracting representative at BCBSTX has been named the company's Volunteer of the Year.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® Grants to 38 Charitable Organizations Statewide
Richardson, TX — As part of its effort to stem the rising tide of obesity and chronic diseases, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced today that the company has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to 38 organizations across the state. The grants are part of its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) initiative.
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has named Jack Towsley as Divisional Senior Vice President for the company's Texas Health Care Delivery segment. Towsley will be responsible for all local network strategy for BCBSTX, including contract negotiations for new value-based care models and development and delivery of ancillary contracting.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Tenet Healthcare Corporation Collaborate on Statewide ACO to Improve Quality and Efficiency of Care
Richardson and Dallas, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (Tenet) have agreed to collaborate to offer an innovative, statewide accountable care organization (ACO) model to deliver improved, sustainable patient care and help manage costs through Tenet's Integrated Care Networks. The collaboration is planned to be available to BCBSTX PPO commercial patients at any of Tenet's Texas hospitals with an Integrated Care Network beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
BCBSTX Introduces Enhanced Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan to its Medicare Offering for the 2014 Annual Enrollment Period
Richardson, TX — Medicare beneficiaries in Texas now have more options for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and affordability.
Richardson, TX — Be Covered Texas, a statewide education and outreach initiative sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will be hosting two free community health events in October in Houston and Dallas. The Be Covered Texas Care Fairs will take place in Houston on October 12 at the Reliant Center and in Dallas on October 26 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Memorial Hermann Health System Announce Alliance to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization (MHACO) announced a new strategic alliance today that will deliver improved, sustainable patient care while better managing health care costs, beginning mid-2014.
Houston, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is increasing its investment in the Houston and Southeast Texas market. The state's largest health insurer announced today that it has created a new "President, Houston and Southeast Texas Region" position that will be filled by a leader, Preston Johnson, Jr.
Houston, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Memorial Hermann Health System announced today they have reached a multi-year agreement.
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas announced today that more than 100 community organizations across the state have joined its Be Covered educational campaign to help engage, educate and enroll the uninsured.
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced its new chief medical officer. Dr. Dan McCoy, who has previously served as the interim chief medical officer and senior medical director at BCBSTX, has taken on the position of vice president and chief medical officer.
Richardson, TX — Today, the Be Covered Texas campaign announced partnerships with 28 organizations, including community groups, direct service agencies, advocacy groups and churches. These organizations represent the first partners in the ongoing campaign to raise awareness among uninsured Texans about how the new health care law impacts them and how they can take steps to access individual health insurance. The enrollment period for uninsured Texans opens in October, with health care plans beginning in January 2014.
Richardson, TX — Against a backdrop of rising childhood obesity and other medical concerns, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today launched the opening of its 2013 Healthy Kids Healthy Families initiative, which provides funding to non-profit organizations throughout Texas. In 2012, the program was able to fund grants for 35 organizations impacting local communities in four key areas: nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management and supporting safe environments.
Richardson, TX — Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies (TFBIC) announced today that it will team up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) to provide its members with the best health care coverage available.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Creates a New, Local, High-Level Position to Focus on the San Antonio Market
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is increasing its investment in the San Antonio market. The state's largest health insurer announced today that it has created a new "President, San Antonio Region" position that will be filled by a leader of the area's medical community, Dr. Esteban López.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Launches "Be Covered Texas" Campaign to Raise Awareness of Individual Health Insurance Enrollment Options
Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today launched a statewide education and outreach initiative targeting Texas' uninsured residents. The Be Covered Texas campaign, which will be fully funded by BCBSTX and supported by various community and civic groups, will focus on helping the state's uninsured population understand how the new health care law impacts them and what steps they need to take to gain access to individual health insurance. The enrollment period for uninsured Texans opens in October, with health care plans beginning in January 2014.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Austin and BCBSTX Present the Third Annual Type1Now Conference to Educate, Empower and Inspire the Type 1 Community
Austin, TX — In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the Austin Chapter of JDRF is hosting its third annual Type1Now Conference on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the UT Commons Learning Center. Now a nationally recognized educational conference, Type1Now is a full day of education and inspiration on living well with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This conference is appropriate for anyone affected by this disease; parents of children with T1D, adults newly diagnosed or veteran, alternate caregivers, and medical professionals.
Richardson and Arlington, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is working with the Back on My Feet (BoMF) organization to Focus on Health for the Homeless. BoMF is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change that results in employment and independent living.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Texas Health Resources Implement Innovative Reforms to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs
Richardson and Arlington, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas Health Resources announced today a new strategic alliance to deliver improved, sustainable patient care and help manage costs through Texas Health's Accountable Care Organization.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Encourages Consumers to Consider Flu Vaccine, Consult their Doctor
Richardson and Austin, TX — As influenza activity continues to increase, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) urges those who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to do so. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness.
Richardson and Austin, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and The University of Texas System (The UT System) have announced that they are extending their relationship with the UT SELECT program for The UT System's employees, retirees and dependents. BCBSTX is honored to have been the System's medical plan administrator since 2001 and this new contract extends the current agreement by another six years.