We were the first health plan in the nation to offer a specific proposal for universal coverage, long before the proposals that led to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Read our 2015 Mission Report
We helped launch Cal INDEX, a statewide health information exchange that gives participating providers secure access to electronic patient records, improving their ability to improve the quality of care.
Learn more about the Cal INDEX
We are developing collaborations with hospitals and physicians known as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). We believe ACOs are central to Blue Shield’s strategy for transforming the healthcare system.
...which benefits our members and improves healthcare for all Californians.
hospitals and Blue Shield
work together and are jointly
accountable for the quality,
cost and access to care for a
defined group of patients.
Our goal is for
members to have access
to the right care at the right
time in the right setting at
an affordable price.
As a nonprofit health plan, we are driven by a singular goal: to fulfill our mission. By doing so, we improve the quality of life for millions of Californians.
Our goal is clear: create a healthcare system in
which all Californians can access the high-quality care they
deserve at a price they can afford. It’s an ambitious
goal, and one we are uniquely positioned to achieve.
—Paul Markovich, President and CEO
For us, being mission-driven means being a health plan that leads the industry in developing meaningful collaborations with providers to improve health outcomes. It also means working to influence public policy that advances our mission.Learn more
We have to pursue our mission in a way that is ethical and fair, because how we get there is just as important as when. That means doing the right thing, acting with integrity, being emblematic of our values, treating employees well, conserving natural resources and strengthening our company’s connection with communities.Learn more
Unlike for-profit health plans, Blue Shield does not have to generate returns to shareholders. However, our mission challenges us to use resources in a way that furthers access to affordable, quality health care. We do so by investing wisely, being good stewards of our members’ money and embracing a culture of affordability. We also give substantially to the Blue Shield of California Foundation, an essential partner in advancing our mission.Learn more