Serving Our Members in 2018
A Message from Our President
Mar. 1, 2018
Thank you for choosing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). We’re privileged to stand with you and offer the protection and stability that health care can give you and your family.
The health care system keeps changing at a fast pace, but we stay committed to finding ways to work with providers to make sure you have access to quality, affordable care. Whether you’re covered through the individual market, a government program or your employer, our priority is to make sure you have the tools and resources to get the most from your coverage. That means as we work to give you better health results, we must also keep our sights set on controlling costs.
We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, but across the board, there’s still more to do. Many people struggle to pay for health insurance. We owe it to you to find solutions that aim for what has eluded us as a nation—affordability.
To accelerate our focus on keeping your coverage choices affordable, BCBSTX is proud to be a part of Affordability CuresSM – a three-year endeavor that will address the root causes of a high-cost health care system. As a doctor, I know that it’s better to find a cure for the problem, instead of treating the symptoms. By focusing on key areas including collaborative care, employer tools, financial security for your household, community relationships and forward-looking data-driven solutions, we hope to improve affordability for the long term.
Some of these initiatives already exist. Provider Finder®, Virtual Visits, Member Rewards and Benefits Value Advisor are available to help you make informed health care choices. Our 24/7 Nurse Line is also available to answer your questions. The BCBSTX “Where You Go Matters” educational resource was created to arm more Texans with tools to make informed choices, while promoting quality care and results. I encourage you to visit our Affordability Cures website to learn more. Soon you will be able keep up with the latest updates and progress we’re making that could impact you and your family.
We understand that having health care coverage means more than just "having insurance." That’s why our commitment extends to investing in solutions that will lead to a long-term, affordable path for the future of your health.
Dr. Dan McCoy
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Proposed Short-Term Health Plan Policy
Mar. 1, 2018
On Feb. 20, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury proposed a new rule on short-term health insurance plans. For now, nothing changes. The federal government still needs to gather and review feedback from the public. Once we know what the final proposal is, we’ll let you know how it may impact you.