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News Releases - 2017

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 2017. These releases are in their original wording as presented to the media. Published versions may have varied.

Be the Spark Challenge Offers KAY Clubs Grants to Help Get Kansas Teens Moving
July 28, 2017 - In an effort to get Kansas teens to value the importance of leading an active lifestyle, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is proud to partner with the Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) to launch the Be the Spark challenge. The new program supports Kansas youth as they raise awareness amongst their peers regarding the importance of being physically active, and grant dollars will help them create new places in their communities where they can be active.

Eight Communities Selected for Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grant Program Offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
July 19, 2017 - Eight communities spread out across Kansas but with a common focus of wanting to build sustainable, healthier communities have been selected for a major grant program offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The group of towns of Atwood, Bird City, Colby and St. Francis (in Thomas, Rawlins and Cheyenne counties), the town of Chanute (in Neosho County), along with the counties of Cowley, Dickinson, Geary, Harvey, Lyon and Seward, have been named Pathways to a Healthy Kansas communities for 2017-2020.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Makes $150,000 Available to Schools Through Healthy Habits for Life Grants
July 11, 2017 - For a 12th consecutive year, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is making grants available to school nurses, teachers and administrators to help them fund school-based programs that will help Kansas children improve their health. School personnel have until Oct. 6 to apply for a Healthy Habits for Life grant to fund a program during 2018 that will help students reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn health eating habits.

271 Community Non-Profits Fund Health Programs with $694,081 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
June 30, 2017 - Dedicated to improving the health of Kansans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated $694,080.69 to 271 health-related, non-profit organizations during 2016, allowing those organizations to make strides in improving the health of the Kansans they serve.

Three New Directors Among Four Elected to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors
May 11, 2017 - Carolyn R. Banning, CPA/PFS, Dodge City, Jeffrey R. Thompson, Salina and Jena K. Lysen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Wichita, were among four directors elected to four-year terms on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors at its annual meeting May 11 in Topeka. Andrew C. Corbin, Topeka, was re-elected to a new four-year term.

National Walk @ Lunch Day® April 26 Offers Opportunity to Start Daily Walking Program
March 30, 2017 - For 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has played an active role in helping Kansans lead healthier lives. Those efforts continue today through National Walk @ Lunch Day®. The day is designed to encourage people to take a walk during their lunch break – or another time during the day – to start a healthy routine.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Receives Voice of the Customer Excellence Award from SQM
March 27, 2017 - Customer service representatives for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas know that members do not like to make multiple calls to the company about the same issue. For that reason, Blue Cross places a high importance on monitoring its "first call resolution (FCR)" performance. For 2016, Blue Cross received validation from an outside third-party that its employees are, in fact, achieving a high rate of success at resolving members' issues the first time they call.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Seeking Communities for Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grants
March 6, 2017 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is accepting letters of intent from communities interested in applying for a three-year Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant. Letters of intent must be submitted no later than March 31 in order to receive an application packet, according to Virginia Barnes, MPH, director of Blue Health Initiatives.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas chosen as recipient of Kansas Chamber's 2017 Ad Astra Award
February 7, 2017 - Each year during the Kansas Chamber’s Annual Dinner, the Chamber recognizes a company with the Ad Astra Award. The Ad Astra Award is designed to recognize a Kansas business for its unique contribution to the economic health and welfare of the state. This honor is presented to a business that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state.

Kansas Communities Receive $2,500 BlueCHIP® Awards from Kansas Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
February 2, 2017 - Five Kansas communities and one state park – varying in both population size and programs – have two things in common; each is striving to improve the health of those who live, work and play in their community. In addition, each is being recognized for those efforts with a BlueCHIP® Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).

 

 

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