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History

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is part of the BlueCross BlueShield Association – a collective of 38 health insurances organizations across the country.

The company’s roots date back to the late 1920s, when the BlueCross plan to help people pay for hospital services formed. BlueShield, which provided physician services, formed in 1949. BlueCross merged with BlueShield in 1982.

In Tennessee, we trace our roots back to 1945, when Roy McDonald created the Tennessee Hospital Service Association. Important milestones in BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's history include:

1945

Roy McDonald founds Tennessee Hospital Service Association; serves as company's first CEO

1949

BlueShield program forms

1950

Community enrollment plan makes health care available to public

1956

Major medical coverage becomes available

1959

Jim Hill appointed as BlueCross CEO

1965

BlueCross administers Medicare

1969

Name officially changes to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

1970

James Waters becomes BlueCross CEO

1973

Robert McGuff named BlueCross CEO

1977

BlueCross is awarded state employee contract

1984

BlueCross introduces first HMO (CareChoice)

1990

Roy McDonald passes away after serving 45 years as chairman of the board

1992

Tom Long becomes BlueCross CEO

1994

BlueCross becomes a TennCare Managed Care Organization

Tom Kinser appointed as CEO

1996
1997

BlueCross begins merger with BlueCross BlueShield of Memphis

2000

Enrollment reaches 1.5 million people

2002

Vicky Gregg named CEO of BlueCross

2003

BlueCross establishes the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation

2006

Enrollment reaches 3 million people

2009

BlueCross opens new LEED Gold Certified corporate campus on Cameron Hill

2011

BlueCross establishes the Tennessee Health Institute

BlueCross Completes Industry First Enterprise-Wide Data Encryption

2012

BlueCross Outreach Efforts Top $10 Million

2013

Bill Gracey named BlueCross CEO


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