BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a mission-driven, not-for-profit health plan founded in 1945. Today, we serve 3.5 million people across the state and around the country.
Here are a few fast facts about BlueCross:
- Taxpaying, not-for-profit company established more than 70 years ago
- Serving 3.5 million members and 11,000 companies as the state’s largest health plan
- Partnering with 20,000+ health care providers
- Giving $10 million each year in charitable investments
- Employing 6,000 professionals to fulfill this mission:
Peace of Mind through Better Health
How BlueCross performs
Learn more about our corporate performance, community impact, and diversity efforts by downloading our annual reports.
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2018 Financial Stewardship Overview
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2017 Financial Performance Overview
- 2017 Diversity Annual Report
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2016 Financial Performance Overview
- 2016 Diversity Annual Report
- 2015 Diversity Annual Report
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2015 Financial Summary Report
- 2014 Annual Report
- 2014 Diversity Annual Report
In 2018, we used 85 cents from every premium dollar to pay for our members’ medical needs.
We’re a taxpaying not-for-profit, which allows us to earn lower margins but also brings a responsibility to maintain strong reserves.
Our 3.5 million members want and expect us to perform well operationally and financially. They want to know we have the financial means to cover health care claims regardless of the economy’s ups and downs. We’ve built our reserves over seven decades to provide peace of mind to our members.
As a mission-driven not-for-profit, we have a unique ability to earn smaller profit margins – averaging 2.1 percent over the past five years – and a responsibility to maintain healthy reserves. This is especially important because we don’t have access to capital markets and cannot raise funds on an as-needed basis.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance requires that we maintain $2 billion in reserves to ensure BlueCross and its subsidiaries could pay all claims and sustain business, even in case of emergency, disaster or cyclical downturn of business. We have an additional $1 billion in unassigned reserves.
- $267 – the amount BlueCross holds per member in total
- 88 – the number of days that BlueCross’ minimum required reserves could cover members’ claims
- 60 – the number of days that BlueCross’ total reserves could cover members’ claims