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Why Blue Shield?

We believe that all Californians deserve access to high-quality health care at an affordable price. That's why we offer plans, comprehensive benefits and access to some of the largest doctor networks in the state. And as a nonprofit organization we are proud to give back to the communities we serve.

For your state of health

Our plans cover members from all walks of life. Our programs and services are designed to help you discover the healthiest versions of yourself.

Health and wellness

Explore a variety of health wellness resources like our online health library and videos, wellness discount programs and much more.

NurseHelp 24/7SM

Contact a registered nurse for advice based on your current symptoms, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Eligible for Medicare?

Our Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage complement Original Medicare with additional medical services and supplies.


Access anytime
Access your health plan day or night from your computer or mobile device.
Access anywhere
Download our Blue Shield of California app to securely access your information from almost anywhere.
Quality coverage
We've been here since 1939 and offer stability, extensive networks and ways to save.
First to cover
Blue Shield was the first health plan in the nation to offer coverage for life-saving surgeries like heart-transplants and the first to offer catastrophic coverage.
Volunteer work
We take pride in giving back to our communities. In 2014 alone, Blue Shield employees raised over $400,000 for local nonprofit organizations.
Financial assistance
We can help you find out if you qualify for financial assistance through Covered California, to help pay for your coverage.

Where we began

Everyone has a story. Ours began right here in California, by men and women who believed in the right to affordable access to quality care. That belief is what still drives us today.

It's in numbers

As a nonprofit organization, Blue Shield has three fundamental goals: to be mission-driven, to act always as a good corporate citizen, and to exercise fair, thoughtful distribution of our resources. We are proud of the numbers that tell our story.

$35M

was contributed to the Blue Shield of California Foundation in 2015

56%

of our individual and family plan members purchased their plans through Covered California

85%

of our employees identify Blue Shield’s mission as one of the most positive components of their overall job satisfaction

4M

Over 4 million people are covered by Blue Shield of California

4K hrs

volunteered by Blue Shield employees in 2015

$30.8M

total Foundation contributions throughout California