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Blue & You Foundation provides grants for health improvement in Arkansas

From walking trails and playgrounds, to feeding programs to training medical providers, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas touches the lives of many Arkansans. The Foundation recently awarded a total of $2,488,307 in grants to 31 health improvement programs in Arkansas.

Supporting Fresh2You Mobile Market

Living in the inner city can be like living in a desert. How? Fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to get, especially if you don't have transportation. In order to help people living in "food deserts" in Little Rock, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas provided a grant to support the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance's development of a mobile farmers market*.

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How to boost wellness in the workplace

The Blue & You Fitness Challenge is a free-to-enter, three-month competition aimed at increasing cardiovascular activity. With resources like administrative guides, motivational messaging templates, art for posters and banners, and a mobile-friendly website with reporting functionality, it's a one-of-a-kind fitness competition that can benefit any office size. It begins March 1 every year.

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Honorary Commander Program provides opportunity for community involvement

As vice president of Enterprise Primary Care and Pharmacy Programs at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Alicia Berkemeyer's focuses on how the company works with doctors and prescriptions. As part of the Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) Honorary Commander Program, however, she is sharing her expertise while learning more about a unique community within the local community.

How personal ties to cystic fibrosis moved our CEO into action

Three hundred of the 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis are in Arkansas, and five of them have personal ties to Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Our CEO, Curtis Barnett, took action to help them.

Arkansas Blue Cross joined Hootens.com

An Arkansas classis gets a new partner! Arkansas Blue Cross joined Hootens.com for the first time this year to present the 2016 Kickoff Classic football games. During the weeks before the games, we also partnered with the Pack Shack to help feed local communities around the state.

Announcements

Corporate Strategy Foster Collaborative Thinking

Health & Wellness

Check the Cabinet

A recent article from an American Academy of Family Physicians publication strongly suggested that patients were less likely to keep unused opioids if they were advised by the prescriber that keeping these medications increases the risks of addiction and inappropriate use by themselves, family members, houseguests, and even young children.

Health Insurance Terms 101

Open enrollment is from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017. That means that for millions of Americans, and maybe you, it's time to shop for a new health insurance policy. We know health insurance terminology is a little confusing, but we don't want you to get lost in the syllables.

Value-Based Programs Designed to Help You

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield believes healthcare should focus on improved quality of care, a better experience for the patient, higher physician satisfaction and lower cost. For the past five years we've been involved in several state and federal programs focused on changing the payment model based on the triple aim. And, we are seeing positive changes in healthcare quality. Two models within these programs that have shown exciting progress are patient-centered medical homes and episodes of care.

Innovations

Redefined Member Experience

My Blueprint, the self-service portal that our members use to access health plan information, claims history and tools, has undergone a massive upgrade after a team of usability experts evaluated the site and spent more than a year re-organizing, designing and testing it.

IS&T Innovations Day

Our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department recently let loose with a one-afternoon coup of creativity. Dubbed "Innovations Day," 40 employees formed eight teams to present problem-solving solutions in a game show-like competition called "The IDEA."

Welcome to THE WIRETM

This year our marketing team expanded its purview of the digital experience to mobile messaging. Known as the Wire, the free* member service offers a secure, HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based message board where personalized messages are stored. Users access it through unique links sent via text message.

New Products

Corporate Strategy Foster Collaborative Thinking

From the CEO

Healthcare after a tumultuous election

As we enter into 2017, healthcare continues to be viewed as a top issue among Americans. While it is difficult at this time to say what will happen to healthcare coverage subsidized through the federal government, the key challenge going forward will likely be making healthcare more affordable for consumers while offering sufficient choices.

No matter what changes happen within the healthcare industry as a result of the election, we at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield understand that as a company we need to keep working to make healthcare affordable, simpler to understand and we need to provide you with experts you can trust to help you navigate the healthcare system.

Company Culture

Why we OWN customer service

We empower our employees to OWN their work so our members are always cared for.

Helping employees lead: Leadership Development Institute

The Leadership Development Institute added six new names to its alumni list. The selective program requires participants to take on major projects, offering employees, and the company, a chance to grow.

General Releases


Arkansas Blue Cross member portal gets upgrade


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 10, 2017) – Members of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BlueAdvantage Administrators of Arkansas and Health Advantage will all have one more thing to celebrate in the new year – a more personalized and customizable experience on their health insurance website. My Blueprint, the self-service portal that members use to access health plan information, claims history and tools, has undergone a massive upgrade after a team of usability experts evaluated the site and spent more than a year re-organizing, designing and testing it.




Blue & You Foundation accepting applications for $1,000 mini-grants through March


LITTLE ROCK, Ark (January 6, 2017) – When it comes to improving the health of Arkansans, small amounts can sometimes do big things! Applications are being accepted through March for up to 250 $1,000 mini-grants through the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The grants can help organizations to grow vegetable gardens, teach healthy habits, build playgrounds, provide medical supplies or help with any health-improvement project.




Curtis Barnett takes roles of president and chief executive at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 28, 2016) – Curtis Barnett will officially assume the role of president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield on January 1, 2017.




Health Insurance across all devices


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 16, 2016) – The wait for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage members with Android devices is over: an app for the company is now available in the Google Play™ store. Apple and Android users can use the free app to manage their health insurance and find quality, in-network care quickly.




2017 Blue & You Fitness Challenge gains momentum


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 14, 2016) — Groups throughout the country are registering for the 2017 Blue & You Fitness Challenge. The contest, hosted by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, is a free-to-enter, three-month competition aimed at increasing cardiovascular activity.




New Mobile Service for Health Insured


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 10, 2016) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members with smartphones can sign up for a free new message service called the Wire®. Powered by Relay Network, LLC (Relay), the Wire is a simple and secure way for members to stay informed about their health on their own private communication channel. Users access it through unique links sent via text message.




Blue & You Foundation awards $2.4 million in grants to improve health


Little Rock, AR (November 14, 2016) - From walking trails and playgrounds, to feeding programs to training medical providers, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas touches the lives of many Arkansans. The Foundation recently awarded a total of $2,488,307 in grants to 31 health improvement programs in Arkansas.




Bryan Dorathy promoted to regional executive for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Little Rock, Ark. (November 2, 2016) — Bryan Dorathy has been promoted to regional executive for central and southeast Arkansas, overseeing sales and marketing, provider networks and general operational functions.




Two New Vision Plans from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 24, 2016) —Arkansans now can purchase affordable vision coverage from a company they know and trust — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield — that will save them money and support good eye health.




ArkansasBlue Open House Celebrates Customer-Friendly Renovation


Fayetteville, Ark. (September 22, 2016) — The ArkansasBlue Fayetteville store received a complete makeover and invites the public to see the space’s new look on Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Light snacks will be served.



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Promotions


Stephanie Brown promoted to manager at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Little Rock, Ark. (January 12, 2017) – Stephanie Brown has been promoted to manager of Medicare Pharmacy Operations at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.In her new position, Brown is responsible for overseeing the Medicare Part D benefit which includes pharmacy claims, customer service and member experience.




Missy Davis promoted to primary care manager at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Little Rock, Ark. (January 16, 2017) — Missy Davis has been promoted to primary care manager at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In her new position, Davis is responsible for building and maintaining a successful program working with providers, employers, vendors and other payers in the market and with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She will be managing the administrative functions of all Primary Care Medical Homes and Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC+).




Steve Spaulding promoted to executive vice president and chief health management officer at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 10, 2017) – Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has promoted Steve Spaulding to executive vice president and chief health management officer.



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At a Glance

Company Headquarters

  • 601 S. Gaines Street
  • Little Rock, AR 72201

Company History

Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross is a not-for-profit mutual insurance company. As a not-for-profit, mutual insurance company, Arkansas Blue Cross is owned by its policyholders, not by stockholders.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide organizations, families and individuals with the best value in health-care financing products, life insurance and health-related financial services. Our products and services are designed to create high customer value, confidence, peace of mind and an improved quality of life.

President and CEO-elect

Curtis Barnett

Number of Employees

Approximately 2,800

Family of Companies

  • BlueAdvantage Administrators of Arkansas
  • Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas
  • Health Advantage

Locations

Arkansas Blue Cross operates full-service regional sales and service centers serving seven designated geographic areas of the state. The centers, headquartered in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff and Texarkana, offer sales, customer service, medical management and provider relations services to counties in their parts of the state.

Arkansas Blue Cross opened and operates the state's first, freestanding insurance store, ArkansasBlue, located in Shackleford Crossings Shopping Center in Little Rock. Since then, ArkansasBlue retail stores have opened in Pine Bluff, Hot Springs and Lowell.

Membership and products

  • Health and prescriptions drug plans for Medicare-eligible Arkansans
  • Low-cost health plans for Arkansas residents, under age 65 and not on Medicare
  • Group health plans
  • Dental plans
  • Vision plans
  • Other ancillary products

Health Resources for Members

Our members have access to numerous health tools including health coaches, health education programs, a medical dictionary, and online health tools.