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2015 News Releases

Texas Health Resources signs agreement with Blue Cross to participate in Blue Advantage HMO network

Nov. 20, 2015

Richardson and Arlington, Texas — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) announced today they have signed an agreement for Texas Health facilities and Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) practices to participate in the Blue Advantage HMOSM network.

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Open Enrollment Brings New Health Insurance Options for Individuals and Small Businesses

Oct. 26, 2015

Richardson, Texas — In anticipation of the upcoming open enrollment season, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) introduces its 2016 individual and small group health insurance coverage. Beginning Nov. 1, 2015, Texas residents can choose from coverage options that best fit their varying needs.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Expands Coverage Areas for Its Medicare Advantage Offerings for the 2016 Annual Enrollment Period

Oct. 20, 2015

Richardson, Texas – Medicare beneficiaries in Texas now have more options for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and affordability. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is expanding access to its Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MAPD). Beginning October 15, Medicare eligible individuals can enroll in Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM; Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM ; or Blue Cross MedicareRx (PDP)SM prescription drug plans for a January 1, 2016, effective date.

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As the Affordable Care Act 2016 Open Enrollment Period Approaches, Consumers Can Access Comprehensive Educational Tools and Resources

Oct. 16, 2015

Richardson, Texas - As Texans prepare for this year’s marketplace open enrollment – which runs from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is providing comprehensive educational resources for consumers to better understand their health care benefits, to make the best decision for themselves and their families.

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Texas Health and Human Services Commission Awards STAR Kids Managed Care Contract to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Oct. 15, 2015

Richardson, TX – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) as a State of Texas Access Reform (STAR) Kids Medicaid program health plan in the Metropolitan Rural (MRSA) - Central Texas and Travis service areas.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Blue Directions Private Exchange Now Offers Employers Increased Plan Options, Member Support and Transparency Tools

Jul. 29, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced several enhancements to its Blue Directions private exchange solution for large employers, available now for the upcoming 2016 benefit plan year. The online platform's enhanced features include a new 'Pick-a-Plan' option that lets employers build a plan package from a comprehensive portfolio of designs, and transparency tools help consumers better understand their health care options and compare costs.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® Grants to 25 Charitable Organizations Statewide

Jun. 18, 2015

Richardson, TX — Now in its fifth year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced today that its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) initiative has awarded $1.54 million in grants to 25 organizations across the state. Of the 25 grantees, 11 are new recipients.

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Personal Care Physicians Critically Important to Protecting Texans' Health and Financial Futures

Jun. 02, 2015

Richardson, TX — More than 1 million Texans enrolled in health insurance during the last open enrollment period on the Health Insurance Marketplace. With such a large influx of Texans now equipped with health insurance, the first step to getting the most value out of health care coverage is to find an in-network personal care physician or family doctor.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Offers Assistance to Those Affected by Recent Texas Storms and Flooding

Jun. 01, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is committed to assisting those who may be affected by the recent Texas storms and flooding. The company announced it has contributed $20,000 to Lutheran Social Services and $10,000 to American Red Cross - North Texas Region to help support statewide relief efforts.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Announces New Houston and SE Texas President

May. 21, 2015

Richardson, TX – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) tied for the highest ranking in overall member satisfaction among commercial health plans in Texas and achieved the highest score in the provider choice as well as coverage and benefits factors, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Member Satisfaction Study.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Ranks Highest in J.D. Power 2015 Regional Member Satisfaction Study in a Tie in Texas and Achieves Highest Score in the Provider Choice and Coverage and Benefits Study Factors

May. 05, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) tied for the highest ranking in overall member satisfaction among commercial health plans in Texas and achieved the highest score in the provider choice as well as coverage and benefits factors, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Member Satisfaction Study.

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Be Covered Texas Highlights Importance of Preventive Services for Health Issues Impacting Minority Communities

Apr. 30, 2015

Richardson, TX — More than 1.8 million adult Texans over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with diabetes and approximately 18 million adults in Texas are obese, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Community Partners Impact More Than 2.9 Million Children in 2014, Reaching More Than 9 Million Overall

Apr. 06, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), partnering with more than 40 community organizations, last year improved the health and wellness of more than 2.9 million children in the communities it serves through its Healthy Kids, healthy Families® initiative. In the four years since its inception, the initiative has served more than 9 million children in Texas.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Launches 2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant Cycle

Mar. 17, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) launched the grant cycle for the opening of its 2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) initiative, providing monetary support to non-profit organizations statewide. Online applications will be accepted March 16 through April 17.

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Texas Physicians to Benefit from First-Of-Its-Kind Organization Created by Texas Medical Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Feb. 05, 2015

Austin, TX — The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) are launching TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, to help empower a strong base of independent physicians to provide quality, cost-effective care to their patients. This first-of-its-kind joint effort leverages the strengths of TMA's statewide physician membership and BCBSTX's resources to benefit the entire Texas health care community, including patients, hospitals, payers, and other physicians.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Launches Three New Physician-Led Accountable Care Organizations

Jan. 20, 2015

Richardson, TX — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) launched three new physician-led Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on January 1, 2015. The new ACOs are the latest demonstration of BCBSTX's efforts to work with physician leaders who share the goals of increased quality and cost-effective care.

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Be Covered Texas Campaign and 86 Dallas Churches to Hold "Super Sunday" Education Event to Highlight the Importance of Enrolling in Health Insurance

Jan. 14, 2015

Richardson, TX — As part of its ongoing efforts to increase Texans' access to health insurance, the Be Covered Texas campaign is working with 86 churches across the Dallas area to host "Super Sunday" outreach events on Sunday, January 18. At the events, Be Covered will provide educational materials about the importance of health insurance and how to enroll before the annual enrollment period closes on February 15. The Super Sunday effort is expected to reach approximately 55,000 congregation members.

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