Our history began in 1933, when seven St. Paul hospitals teamed up to form the “Minnesota Hospital Association,” the nation’s first prepaid health care network. An early advertisement depicts a nurse with a blue cross on her sleeve. An iconic logo is born, and we become the first-ever health plan to use the “Blue Cross” name.
Less than a decade after we became the first Blue plan, the name and symbol are adopted by the national Blue Cross Association. “Blue Cross” goes on to become one of most recognized and trusted health care brands in the world.
We are the largest health plan in Minnesota
Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is the largest health plan in Minnesota, with more members, the largest network of providers, and more products and services than any other plan in our state.
Our 2.7 million members can be found in every Minnesota county, all 50 states and on four continents.
Approximately one in three Minnesotans has a Blue Cross membership card.
We are a fiscally responsible, nonprofit Minnesota company
Blue Cross operates as a nonprofit organization – which means our resources are used to serve stakeholders, not stockholders.
We contribute more than $250 million in salary and wages annually to the Minnesota economy.
We employ approximately 3,700 people throughout Minnesota, with offices in Eagan, Virginia, Aurora, Duluth, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester.
While we are structured as a nonprofit, we still pay our fair share as a responsible company through more than $100 million in taxes and assessments every year.
Approximately 90 cents of every health care dollar collected by Blue Cross is used to pay for members’ health care costs. We have an administrative cost level of less than 10 cents of every dollar – one of the lowest levels in the country.
The National Business Group on Health recognized Blue Cross with the 2008 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.
Our service center handles more than 3.4 million calls every year with high satisfaction rates.
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A great place to work
What’s it like to work at Blue Cross? An independent survey asked Blue Cross employees, and the majority agreed:
Blue Cross has a friendly environment
Our people are strongly engaged in the work we do
The organization helps to build skills that are in demand in the marketplace
Employees intend to stay with Blue Cross
As a company, Blue Cross “lives” our company values
At Blue Cross, we support your good health
In fact, Blue Cross was named a “Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles” for our efforts to promote and improve a healthier working environment for employees. This distinction comes from The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing solutions to health care problems.
Blue Cross received the award for its many programs that raise awareness and increase employee health. Programs include:
Discounts for working out at fitness centers
Blue Balance, Blue Cross’ worksite wellness program offering activities, events and education designed to improve health
Weight Watchers at work
On-site fitness centers with personal trainers and fitness classes
Running clubs and recreational sports teams
Brown bag lunch seminars on a variety of health and wellness topics
You’ll receive recognition and rewards for your contributions
We believe in rewarding our employees with competitive wages, excellent benefits and generous incentives. Whether you’re in sales, service or another area, there’s likely a program that rewards you for your good work. Here are a few examples of our incentive and recognition programs:
Corporate incentive plan — available to many of our employees, the plan offers bonus opportunities from four percent up to 20 percent of pay, depending on your job. This plan rewards you for your part in the organization’s success.
Service anniversaries — employees who are celebrating service anniversaries at five-year intervals receive awards from Blue Cross.
Celebrate Excellence employee recognition program — employees recognize co-workers and staff for excellence at two levels: “Bravo,” a personal "thank you" for a job well done, and “Hero,” monthly or quarterly awards for exceptional work.
As a nonprofit, we’re passionate about improving health
Blue Cross is a taxable, nonprofit organization with a mission to make a healthy difference in the lives of Minnesotans. Chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan, we’ve promoted wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota for more than 70 years. The work we do aims to advance public health and promote the art and science of health care. Our key values are:
We make significant investments in community health
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The Blue Cross Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota that advance its purpose “to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow.”
Through community affairs activities, Blue Cross promotes and demonstrates its values by fostering an environment of social responsibility. The main channels for carrying out the company’s commitment include sponsorships and statewide programs. Blue Cross also provides employees with a direct, personal opportunity to make a healthy difference in their communities.
In 2007, employees:
Volunteered more than 15,400 hours through the Heart of Blue employee volunteer program
Adopted 85 needy families through Armful of Love
Donated 44 tons of food to food shelves, 100 gift baskets of bath and body products to residents of a women’s shelter, hundreds of baby and kids clothes for families in flood-affected areas of southeastern Minnesota, and 703 pints of blood
Pledged $677,295 to support Minnesota’s health and community nonprofit sector
You’ll be supported in your volunteering and giving activities
Blue Cross offers several incentives to encourage employees to volunteer in the community.
Heart of Blue Volunteer Council — employees on the Heart of Blue Volunteer Council work to increase employee participation in volunteer activities and to make a positive, visible impact on the health and wellbeing of our community.
Volunteer Paid Time Off — Blue Cross’ volunteer program, Heart of Blue, sponsors volunteer opportunities for employees and publishes additional volunteer opportunities that employees can pursue independently. The Volunteer Paid Time Off policy pays for up to 20 hours away from work per calendar year to participate in eligible volunteer activities.
Dollars for Doers — the Blue Cross Foundation donates $250 to eligible nonprofit organizations where employees volunteer 40 or more hours of their personal time.
You’ll experience a commitment to diversity
Blue Cross celebrates diverse experiences and backgrounds. By introducing new and innovative people to the company, we incorporate different perspectives and skills and achieve our goal of offering the best products and services on the market. Diversity, whether about attributes or behaviors, will give us a competitive advantage and allow us to grow and be successful.
One way Blue Cross supports diversity is through its Diversity Council, made up of employee members who work to promote a fair and respectful work environment where employees can achieve their full potential. The Council promotes cultural and educational opportunities for employees and sponsors employee resource groups based on affinity or interest areas.
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We offer comfortable, convenient places to work
Your work environment is an important part of your daily life. Blue Cross supports you with a positive, comfortable, convenient place to work — every day.
You’ll find that our facilities feature large windows overlooking wooded surroundings, with walking paths and green spaces for quiet thoughts or casual outdoor meetings. Workstations are ergonomically designed for the health of your body. And on-site conveniences help you complete errands so you’ll have more personal time.
Amenities vary from office to office, but many Blue Cross employees enjoy:
On-site fitness centers — Log some treadmill miles, lift weights or pedal a stationery bike. Keep fit rain or shine, no fees or dues required.
On-site day care center — Blue Cross has an on-site child-care center near the Main Building in Eagan. The center is managed by Bright Horizons and has room for 120 children, accommodating infants to preschoolers. It features a home-like environment, backup care spaces available for parents unable to use their regular day care arrangements, an outdoor play area and secure entry.
On-site cafeterias — Affordable, healthy breakfast or lunch options are available daily.
Convenience services — Vending machines, cash machines, convenience stores selling an assortment of cards, gifts and supplies, lunch-hour shopping from visiting vendors, and mail and postage services.
Free parking— No passes or permits required.
Inviting interior spaces — Blue Cross buildings are designed to feature plenty of natural light, spacious and ergonomic personal workstations, modern and well-equipped meeting rooms, and pleasing interior design.
Casual dress code — Dress neatly and comfortably every day. Wear your jeans on Friday!
Locations and directions
Blue Cross is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, with additional offices in Aurora, Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and Virginia, Minnesota. Use the links below for directions.