Two nonprofit Blue Plans move toward greater partnership to deliver enhanced value through faster health plan and technology innovation
Berlin, Vermont — Expanding on their successful, recent history of partnership, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan today announced an agreement to formally affiliate and work together across both companies. The affiliation will enable the organizations to broaden the range of health plan and service solutions that will further benefit members and customer groups, while remaining within and committed to local communities in both states. The agreement is pending approval of state regulators.
“Partnerships with other Blue Plans, especially with shared missions, is critical in the rapidly changing healthcare landscape,” said Don George, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. “Together, sharing expertise and technology, we can bring better solutions to our members, customers, provider partners and communities.”
“Our two health plans share the values of nonprofit health care – focusing on the needs of our members, increasing affordability and access, and continuing our commitments to community-centered missions,” said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “We are excited to join with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont in this affiliation, which will positively benefit our collective stakeholders.”
This affiliation will enable Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont with additional expertise as well as operational and information technology resources. The intent is to improve overall affordability and quality while delivering a broader range of services that meet the evolving needs of members. It will preserve Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s local identity while enabling both companies to fulfill their commitment to deliver high-value, convenient and accessible care in each state.
Under the affiliation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont becomes part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan enterprise family of companies. The agreement, approved by the respective plans’ boards of directors, maintains a Vermont organization with governance, operational, and policy decisions made locally. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will continue under the same name with the executive leadership team and workforce headquartered in Berlin, VT as they are today. The majority of the re-configured, 12 member Vermont board of directors will be comprised of Blue Cross VT subscribers. There will be no changes to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s existing headquarters, board of directors or leadership team. This is an affiliation, not an acquisition, which means there is no financial exchange between the organizations. As is the case today, premiums generated from each health plan will stay in the respective states and will wholly be used to pay claims, administer plan operations, and maintain member reserves. Each organization will continue to operate financially as a single state plan. Both organizations will be meeting with state officials and regulators to advance final approval and satisfy other closing conditions.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has long demonstrated industry leadership in developing new capabilities and innovative products that directly benefit customers and members. BCBSM is already partnering successfully with other Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensed companies on a number of initiatives spanning technology, health plan offerings, and innovation. The affiliation will ensure Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont continues its strong, local presence, committed to the health and vitality of Vermonters.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont:
For more than 40 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has been enhancing the health and well-being of Vermonters by offering innovative plan options to individuals, older Vermonters, and businesses. Employees are dedicated to developing new ways to support high-quality care, programs, and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, provides health benefits to nearly 5.2 million members. The company is committed to delivering affordable health care products through a broad variety of plans for businesses and individuals. Based in Detroit since 1939, BCBSM supports impactful community initiatives and provides leadership in improving health care across Michigan. BCBSM is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.