Maurice Smith, President
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Illinois

Message from Our President

80-year legacy

In 2016, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois celebrates 80 years of serving the people of Illinois – 80 years of ensuring access to doctors and caregivers – 80 years of providing peace of mind.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois was formed in 1936 when a group of Chicago civic leaders, hospital officials and physicians came together in the midst of the Great Depression to find a way to help people locate and afford the health care services they needed.

I am proud to say that 80 years later Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois remains firmly committed to its legacy of collaborating with customers, providers, employees and community leaders to create a healthier Illinois; a place where more people have access to high-quality health care at an affordable price.

Elevating our Impact

Throughout our 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has joined forces with community organizations to address critical health care needs, reduce health disparities and create healthier lifestyles and communities. In 2015 alone, BCBSIL partnered with more than 500 community organizations through our grant and sponsorship programs.

But last year, we wanted to go further and do more. We sought community input on the most pressing health concerns and teamed up with trusted local organizations to address issues that don’t have easy solutions: better integrating mental health care for kids and adults; more effective education and condition management for people with uncontrolled diabetes; and empowering communities to identify and include health priorities in community development plans.

Our aim is to create meaningful, long-lasting change. We understand that those changes won’t happen overnight, but as our 80-year history indicates, we’re committed to Illinois and the health of its residents for the long haul.

Culture of Volunteerism

Our commitment to building a better Illinois is best evidenced by our employees, who are the face and heart of our organization. They are an incredible volunteer force for good as they reach out to directly touch the lives of Illinoisans through volunteerism. Our workforce routinely dedicates their time and talents to paint schools, serve at soup kitchens, mentor young people, and so much more. I am so grateful to our employees for their generosity of spirit as evidenced by the nearly 60,000 hours they volunteered to 1,500 organizations in 2015.

I am deeply proud of our legacy of giving back to the communities we serve and look forward to building on that legacy in the future.

Please take a moment to enjoy these highlights of our 2015 community partnerships and appreciate the many contributions that these collaborations made to a healthier Illinois.

Very Sincerely,

Maurice Smith
President
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois