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Fast Facts

  • Year founded: 1939
  • Service area: California
  • Annual revenue: $13.4 billion
  • Membership: 4 million 
  • Total employees: 6,800
  • President and Chief Executive Officer: Paul Markovich
  • Blue Shield is a California not-for-profit mutual benefit corporation
  • Blue Shield and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California
  • 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 $325 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation to fund nonprofit organizations that help strengthen the health safety net and address and prevent domestic violence
  • 2% Pledge: Blue Shield voluntarily caps its net income at 2% of revenue, with approval from the board of directors. More than $560 million has been returned to customers and the community a result of the pledge.

Financial Strength Ratings (as of December 2014)

  • 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

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

Care1st Health Plan
601 Potrero Grande Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(323) 889-6638
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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