Blue Shield has joined with Blue Cross to form a network of 36 insurance agencies throughout the United States. Blue Shield is well known in the insurance field for its association with Blue Cross, but Blue Shield actually had a separate origin ten years after Blue Cross.

How did Blue Shield Start?

            Blue Shield was developed in the Pacific Northwest in 1939. Lumber camp and mining camp employers started Blue Shield to help their employees cover medical expenses. The first Blue Shield health insurance plan got its start in California. Eventually, the government chose both Blue Shield and Blue Cross to administer Medicare benefits. That partnering with Blue Shield led to an eventual merger. In the 80s Blue Shield joined with Blue Cross.

What does Blue Shield do today?

Today Blue Shield, along with Blue Cross, provides a network of health insurance providers that cover much of America. Blue Shield also provides government employees with health insurance plans. Blue Shield also handles a lot of the Medicare coverage.