Social Mission

The Michigan Blues and Detroit Lions team to make Thanksgiving Day football about health and community

Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field will look a little different this year as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network and the Detroit Lions team up to send important messages about our health and community. “Our commitment to … Continue reading

[PODCAST] Episode #4: How Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge helped one Grand Rapids pastor

Pastor Nathaniel Moody of Brown Hutcherson Ministries in Grand Rapids was a part of the first Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge in 2006, and his participation has transformed his personal journey toward good health.  He talks with … Continue reading

Broad support for change that is vital for Michigan’s future

One of the hallmarks of good public policy is how many people with different points of view come forward to endorse it as the right thing to do. This is happening as Senate Bills 61 and 62 make their way … Continue reading

Gov. Snyder’s plan to transition BCBSM enjoys widespread support

As the Michigan Legislature returns to complete its work for 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to modernize Michigan’s antiquated, inconsistent 32-year old system of health insurance regulations is an issue that is generating broad-based public support. Over Thanksgiving weekend, The … Continue reading

Michigan State House Insurance Committee hearing testimony from BCBSM

Most Favored Nation status and competing health plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Editorial endorsing Gov. Snyder’s proposal gets to heart of matter

The Detroit Free Press got to the heart of the matter this morning in its editorial endorsing Gov. Snyder’s proposal to enable Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to transition to become a nonprofit mutual insurer – it is “good … Continue reading

BCBSM Transition: Medigap and Medicare Advantage in Michigan

As hearings continue in our state capitol on the transition of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual, here is the full presentation that Mark Cook, vice president of Governmental Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

We will still be Caring for Michigan

In 1939 – two years before the bombing at Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II – groups of Michigan doctors and hospitals formed prepaid health care plans that would become Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Times have changed … Continue reading

Michigan Attorney General Schuette: Public charitable assets ‘locked and secured’ under BCBSM legislation

We’ve written here on more than one occasion to dispel misinformation surrounding the legislation pending in Lansing to transition BCBSM to a nonprofit mutual insurance company. The legislation sustains BCBSM as a nonprofit, prohibits it from converting to a for-profit … Continue reading

BCBSM’s commitment to charitable mission is clear

Gov. Snyder’s proposal to transition Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual health insurer received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Michigan Senate last week.  Still, people who are concerned about the legislation continue to advocate for changes.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading