Les, a former managing editor, insurance, at QuinStreet, has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. In his career, he has covered everything from health insurance to presidential politics.
Read full bio >>
Penny is an expert on insurance procedures, rates, policies and claims. She has extensive knowledge of all major insurance lines -- auto, homeowners, life and health insurance. She has been answering consumers’ questions as an analyst for more than 15 years and has been featured in numerous major media outlets, including the Washington Post and Kiplinger’s.
Read full bio >>
Why you can trust Insure.com
At Insure.com, we are committed to providing honest and reliable information so that you can make the best financial decisions for you and your family. All of our content is written and reviewed by industry professionals and insurance experts. We maintain strict editorial independence from insurance companies to maintain our editorial integrity, so our recommendations are unbiased and are based on a comprehensive list of criteria.
Blue Shield got its start in 1938 when the California Medical Association House of Delegates created California Physicians’ Service (CPS). By 1940 over 20,000 Californians had subscribed and 5,000 physicians had joined the healthcare service plan.
Blue Shield became one of the founders of the National Association of Blue Shield Plans in 1946, which was later renamed the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
In 1961, Blue Shield hit 1,000,000 subscribers. They entered the health maintenance organization business by establishing Blue Shield HMO in Sacramento in 1988 and in 1989 Blue Shield entered its 50th year of business. It now serves nearly three million Californians with a provider network of over 36,000 Physician Members and nearly 240 Preferred Hospitals.
Blue Shield entered Medi-Cal and Medicaid with the acquisition of Care1st Health Plan in 2015.