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Fast Facts

  • Year founded: 1939
  • Service area: California
  • Annual revenue: $10.5 billion
  • Total employees: 5,000
  • President and Chief Executive Officer: Paul Markovich
  • Blue Shield is a California not-for-profit mutual benefit corporation
  • National affiliation: Independent Member of the BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • Corporate Name: California Physicians' Service
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation: Since 2005, Blue Shield has contributed more than $200 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation to fund nonprofit organizations that improve access to quality health care in California.


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently awarded Blue Shield a "Commendable" rating for service and clinical quality for its HMO and Point of Service (POS) lines of business.

Review Blue Shield's NCQA Health Plan Report Card at

Financial Strength Ratings (as of June 2012)

  • A rating from Fitch Ratings for Blue Shield of California 
  • A (excellent) rating from AM Best for California Physicians' Service
  • A (excellent) rating by Weiss Ratings for California Physicians' Service

Membership (as of March 2013)

HMO: 983,500
PPO: 1,833,300*
Other: 136,400**
Total: 2,953,200

Provider and Hospital Networks (as of June 2012)

Plan TypePhysicianHospital
Individual Medicare HMO27,823147

Pharmacy Network (as of June 2012)

Independent Pharmacies: 2,278 
Major Chain Pharmacies: 3,423
Total Nationwide: 63,799 independent and chain pharmacies

Primary Addresses and Phone Numbers

Corporate Office
50 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1808
(415) 229-5000

Large Group Business Unit
100 North Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 744-2580

Individual, Small Group and Government Business Unit
6300 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 598-8000

CalPERS Business Unit and Consumer Operations
4203 Town Center Boulevard
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 350-7790

Blue Shield also has offices in Fresno, Costa Mesa, Lodi, Ontario, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Ventura and Walnut Creek.

Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Company (Blue Shield Life) is a California corporation founded in 1954 and is licensed as a life and disability insurer. Blue Shield Life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Shield of California. CA Insurer #: 1450-6, NAIC #: 61557. Corporate headquarters is 50 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

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* Includes non-underwritten ASO accounts.
** Includes non-underwritten National accounts.