California Medical Association House of Delegates creates California Physicians' Service (CPS) on Dec. 18 by a vote of 114-12.
Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State on Feb. 2; Company begins marketing service to the public on March 6. Coverage for first group commences two months later.
In first year of operation, 20,000 Californians subscribe and 5,000 physicians join the pioneer prepaid healthcare service plan.
Blue Shield becomes one of the founders of the National Association of Blue Shield Plans (later renamed the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association).
Blue Shield introduces first catastrophic coverage in the nation.
Millionth subscriber enrolls.
Blue Shield enters the health maintenance organization business by establishing Blue Shield HMO in Sacramento.
Blue Shield enters its 50th year of business serving nearly three million Californians with a provider network of over 36,000 Physician Members and nearly 240 Preferred Hospitals.
Blue Shield becomes the first health plan in California to offer online benefits and enrollment information.
With Access+ HMOsm, Blue Shield becomes the first health plan in California to offer members direct access to specialists in their physician's medical group.
Blue Shield becomes the first health plan to connect doctors and members online.
California's first cross border HMO, Access Baja, is introduced.
Blue Shield opens new 26-acre energy-efficient campus in El Dorado Hills.
Blue Shield becomes the first health plan to propose statewide universal coverage.
Blue Shield becomes the only statewide network-model HMO for CalPERS.
Blue Shield opens new 26-acre energy-efficient campus in Redding.
Blue Shield becomes TRICARE provider for 500,000 military family members through its partnership with TriWest.
Blue Shield of California Foundation
begins to provide an average of $30M in grants to nonprofit organizations annually.
Blue Shield forms new Labor, Trust and Public Sector business unit.
Blue Shield adds 95,000 members from the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan.
Blue Shield opens new 20-acre, environmentally friendly facility in Lodi making the company Lodi's largest employer.
Blue Shield's Wellvolution wellness program receives awards from the American Heart Association and the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness.
Covered California approved Blue Shield as a Qualified Health Plan in the small business and individual and family plan (IFP) markets in all 19 regions.
Blue Shield offered individual coverage through Covered California in its first year and, as a result, increased IFP enrollment and market share.
Blue Shield enters Medi-Cal and Medicaid with the acquisition of Care1st Health Plan, a provider-founded managed care company based in Los Angeles County.
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