Public Invited to Celebrate Blue Cross’s 60th Year
For Immediate Release: Contact: Leigh TofferiSeptember 7, 2004 (802) 371-3205Public Invited to Celebrate Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts 60th Year of Serving VermontersBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is inviting the public to join in celebration of the organizations 60th anniversary offering quality nondiscriminatory health benefits in Vermont. A family oriented event featuring games, refreshments and music, will be held at the Round Barn at Shelburne Museum on September 18, 2004 from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon.The Vermont observance coincides with the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield systems 75th anniversary this year. What began as an innovative prepaid health care plan for loggers and teachers has evolved into a national, technology-driven system that provides health benefits and financing for millions of Americans delivered through independent, community-based, local companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.The Vermont Plans origins can be traced back to 1944 when legislative action in this state cleared the way for Blue Cross of New Hampshire to begin offering hospital coverage here. Physician benefits through Blue Shield of New Hampshire followed shortly, and both hospital and physician benefits were combined in 1975 when the separate Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans merged to become Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Vermont.Vermont representatives on that companys board of directors voted to form their own Plan in 1980 that became known as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. The newVermont-based Plan completed its transition to an independent organization when it began to process all claims and deliver services exclusively in Vermont in 1989.A more detailed timeline of the organizations eventful 60-year history is available in an interactive display on the companys web site at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). To RSVP for the anniversary celebration, call Bonnie Brassard at (802) 371-3486 or e-mail her at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.