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News Releases - 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas frequently provides company news releases to Kansas media. Listed below are the general releases which have been distributed to media contacts during 2016. These releases are in their original wording as presented to the media. Published versions may have varied.

Students in 66 Counties to Benefit from $149,486 in Grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
December 16, 2016 - For an 11th consecutive year, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is sending Healthy Habits for Life grants to Kansas schools to help nurses, teachers and administrators fund programs or activities aimed at helping thousands of children reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits. In all, the BCBSKS Foundation is awarding 155 grants totaling $149,485.69 that will give students in 66 Kansas counties access to at-school health programs during 2017.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Employees, Foundation Give $281,777 to United Way Campaigns Across the State
November 22, 2016 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated a total of $281,777.48 this fall to United Way campaigns in Topeka, Salina, Wichita and Hutchinson.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Partners with Aledade to Create Accountable Care Organization for Independent Primary Care Practices
November 1, 2016 - Creating an opportunity for solo practitioners and independent primary care practices to participate in a value-based reimbursement program is the driving force behind Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partnering with Aledade, Inc., to form an accountable care organization (ACO) for the insurer's contracting providers.

Enjoy Happy Healthy Holidays with a No-Cost Flu Shot at Dillons, Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
October 26, 2016 - The holidays are a great time to gather with family and friends. All that togetherness can spread love, happiness and – unfortunately – the flu. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Dillons are partnering to offer Kansans – age 6 and older – protection from the flu, regardless of their ability to pay. Beginning Nov. 5 and through Nov. 13, Blue Cross is sponsoring no-cost flu shots at 57 Dillons pharmacies in 27 different communities, stretching from Colby to Leavenworth and Manhattan to Arkansas City.

Young Kansans to Reap Health and Learning Benefits as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Brings GoNoodle Plus to Area Elementary Classrooms
October 11, 2016 - Not only is it hard to sit still in a classroom desk all day, it's not good for either the brain or the body. Helping teachers create opportunities to integrate short bursts of physical activity throughout the school day is the reason Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring GoNoodle Plus in a growing number of elementary school classrooms.

Kansas Communities Supporting Healthier Lifestyles May Apply for BlueCHIP® Awards Program to Further Efforts
October 10, 2016 - Kansas communities striving for healthier lifestyles are encouraged to apply by Dec. 7 for an award from the BlueCHIP program. The community health improvement program recognizes and awards communities that encourage health and wellness through programs, initiatives, policies and/or community-wide events. Up to six Kansas communities will each receive $2,500 to assist them in furthering their efforts. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) are presenting the awards for a seventh consecutive year.

Free State Park Day Encourages Healthy Outdoor Recreation
August 23, 2016 - When you get your body moving outdoors, it’s beneficial for your health and well-being. A great way to enjoy healthy fresh-air exercise is to take advantage of the many beautiful trails at Kansas State Parks. Hiking, biking, kayaking and horse riding on state park trails can help make you happier, add to family memories, promote a healthy body and even help you live longer. The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to sponsor Healthy Trails Adventure Day Oct. 1 with free admission to all 26 Kansas State Parks.

Eight Communities Take First Step to Better Health with Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
July 28, 2016 - Recognizing its unique position to work with Kansas communities to establish and sustain healthy environments and lifestyles, the state's largest and local health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, announced today a new grant program that will provide significant funding to a total of 16 communities during the next four years. In addition, company officials revealed the first eight communities to receive funding.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, SCL Health Partner to Improve Health and Lower Costs for St. Francis Health Patients
July 25, 2016 - With an eye to improving population health and member experience while better controlling the overall cost of health care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has entered into a value-based contracting provider agreement with SCL Health to support patients of the health system’s Topeka-based primary care physicians associated with St. Francis Health, according to Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO of the state's largest health insurer.

Applications from School Personnel for Healthy Habits for Life Grants Due Oct. 7
July 19, 2016 - A grant program aimed at improving the overall health of young Kansans by funding school-based programs is now accepting applications for 2017 funding. School personnel – including nurses, teachers and administrators – have until Oct. 7 to apply for a Healthy Habits for Life grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Lee Elected Chair, Two New Directors Among Four Elected to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors
May 12, 2016 - Diane L. Lee, CPA, CSEP, Hutchinson, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors at its annual meeting May 12 in Topeka. Leonard R. Hernandez, Burlington, was elected to a one-year term as vice chair.

National Walk @ Lunch Day® April 27 Celebrates 10 Years of Walking to Better Health
March 30, 2016 - With an eye to extending its decades long tradition of encouraging Kansans to live healthier lives, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is expanding its support of National Walk @ Lunch Day® in 2016. This year, the company will host walking events in 12 Kansas communities April 27 as National Walk @ Lunch Day marks its 10th anniversary.

Nine Hospitals Recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for Expertise in Delivering Specialty Care
March 23, 2016 - Nine Kansas hospitals that are network providers for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas members have been designated by the company as either a Blue Distinction® Center or Blue Distinction Center+ in one or more of the following specialty areas: cardiac care, spine surgery, and knee and hip replacement.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Marks 10th Year by Donating More Than $750,000
March 18, 2016 - The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation marked its 10th year in existence in 2015 by donating a record $751,854.49 to 258 health-related, non-profit organizations, including 10 chosen by BCBSKS employees to receive $10,000 anniversary grants.

Sixteen Hospitals Recognized for Delivering Quality, Affordable Maternity Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Feb. 10, 2016 - In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced the first hospitals in its 103-county service area to receive the Blue Distinction® Center or Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designations under the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Six Kansas Towns Earn BlueCHIP® Awards and $2,500 to Continue Health-Focused Community Activities
Feb. 2, 2016 - Six Kansas communities ranging from amongst the smallest in the state to largest have the common bond of building healthier communities where residents can live, work and play. Today those six communities – Arkansas City, Chanute, Garnett, Hepler, Lawrence and Potwin – were honored for their health-focused efforts by receiving BlueCHIP® Awards from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).

 

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