Rooted in Wyoming
Blue Cross Blue Shield Wyoming is a not-for-profit health insurer with offices throughout the state. Ever since a small group of caring, persistent Wyoming women helped us put down roots in 1945, everything we do is aimed at better health care for the people of Wyoming.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming’s mission is to help Wyoming citizens receive and pay for the health care they need to live healthy and productive lives.
- Honesty, integrity and professionalism;
- Leadership in health care innovation;
- Financial stewardship;
- Excellence in customer service;
- Partnership and collaboration;
- Affordable and cost-effective solutions;
- Accurate and efficient administration;
- Statewide community involvement.
Health care Advocates from the Start
They said it couldn’t be done, so a group of caring but persistent Wyoming women set out to prove them wrong.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming originated when the ladies of the Wyoming Farm Bureau saw families and neighbors struggling to afford critical health care services during the Great Depression. They had heard about an innovative approach to financing health care where groups of people pooled resources to help families avoid financial ruin in the event of a medical catastrophe. It was known as health care insurance—a new concept.
They set their sights on contacting the national Blue Cross Association in Chicago in regard to bringing health insurance to Wyoming. But they were advised that Wyoming was too small and didn’t have the population to support its own Plan.
Determined, the people of Wyoming didn’t stop there. In 1945, the Wyoming Hospital Service was organized as a non-profit corporation on a $5,000 non-interest bearing loan from the Wyoming Farm Bureau, the smallest amount ever used to fund a Blue Plan.
Today, BCBSWY insures more than 100,000 members. With a large geographical area and a relatively small population, we’re in a unique position to develop benefit plans that meet the needs of every individual and employer group in the state.
While we’ve been here insuring this state since 1945, we’ve also been working behind the scenes with policy makers and the medical community to improve access to health care for Wyoming. We are proud of our role as a statewide leader in finding solutions to community health issues, and we continue to focus on initiatives designed to improve the health and quality of life for Wyoming residents.