HSCS can trace its roots back to 1929, when Justin Ford Kimball, a vice president at the Baylor University School of Medicine in Texas created the first hospital care prepayment plan.
In 1936, a group of civic leaders and doctors launched the Chicago Plan for Hospital Care. The company’s first health insurance policy became effective on January 21, 1937. The company, which was named Hospital Service Corporation, grew rapidly, enrolling 36,000 members in just the first six months of operations.
The company adopted the Blue Cross symbol in 1939 and the Blue Shield symbol in 1947.The Blue Cross Plan for hospital services and the Blue Shield Plan for physician services operated separately until 1975 and were then merged together into the Health Care Service Corporation.
In 1982, all the smaller Blue Cross plans in Illinois were also merged with the Chicago-based plan, and the company operated as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Over time, other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans joined HCSC: Texas in 1998; New Mexico in 2001; Oklahoma in 2005; and Montana in 2013.
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) is a member-owned health insurance company in the United States. HCSC is the 5th largest health insurer provider in the U.S, serving roughly 16 million members and employing over 23,000 people.
The company was founded in 1936 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Health Care Service Corporation is the licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for five states, with operations concentrated in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
HealthCare Services Corp Health earned a 4 out of 5-star rating in our annual review of Best Health Insurance Companies. They got 3.5 tp 4 out of 5-star ratings in claims, price and customer service and 4-star ratings in website & apps.
When we asked HealthCare Services Corp Health customers if they would recommend the company to others, 83% said yes and 95% said they planned to renew their plan.
The complaint data is gathered from the NAIC Complaint Index, which collects complaint information from state insurance regulators and then compares a company’s performance to other companies in the same insurance market. The national average is always calculated to be 1.00; those above 1.00 are worse than the national average and those below are better (have less complaints) than the national average. Read more at the NAIC website.
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