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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Montana

Blue Cross postpones plan to increase premiums

HELENA — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is backing off a plan to increase premiums 3.5 percent in January because of fees in the new federal health care law.

November 12, 2013 3:52 pmLoading…
Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

HELENA — Corporations, trade associations, unions and advocacy groups spent nearly $6.1 million trying to influence the 2013 Legislature, according to financial reports filed with the state political practices commissioner’s office.

May 28, 2013 7:07 pm Related Loading…
Buyer deals with state on Blue Cross merger – what’s at stake?

Buyer deals with state on Blue Cross merger – what’s at stake?

HELENA — State insurance officials said this week that they’re not yet convinced the proposed merger of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana with an Illinois health insurance giant is good for Montana consumers — and are asking the companies for commitments that might lead them to change their mind.

April 17, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…
Blue Cross buyer pays huge executive bonuses, will keep pay secret

Blue Cross buyer pays huge executive bonuses, will keep pay secret

HELENA — Top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana received big bonuses in 2012 — but their payments are chicken feed compared to bonuses paid to executives who run the health care giant planning to buy Blue Cross.

April 17, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…
Fit Kids Club takes off at Poly Drive Elementary

Fit Kids Club takes off at Poly Drive Elementary

Mike Frank, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, stood on the playground at Poly Drive Elementary on Wednesday, squinting in the bright afternoon sun, watching more than 100 kids race around and play about a half-dozen vigorous games.

March 27, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Montana business owners advised to prepare for health care reform law

MISSOULA — With the largest components of the recent health care law kicking in at the start of 2014, businesses have a lot of decisions to make this year about how they will react to new rules and regulations.

January 07, 2013 7:37 amLoading…

Blue Cross buys 21 acres on eastern edge of Helena for possible move

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has purchased about 21 acres of land at the eastern edge of Helena, a potential location for a new building for its approximately 500 employees who now work downtown.

September 29, 2012 10:30 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Innovation improves health care, reduces cost

Health care is growing more costly for individuals and families and for businesses that provide health care benefits to their employees. There is much debate about the cause of these growing costs, but one thing is certain: about 75 percent of the $2 trillion we spend each year on health car…

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Blue Cross, New West report executive salaries

HELENA — Mike Frank, in his first full year as president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, received about $514,000 in total compensation in 2011, including a $103,000 bonus, according to records filed with the state.

April 04, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

State's top health insurers increase premium revenue in 2011

HELENA — Montana's biggest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, increased its premium revenue by nearly $40 million last year but still had an underwriting loss for the third year in a row.

April 04, 2012 5:06 pm Related Loading…

Oregon health insurer has hearing on New West agreement

HELENA — The head of an Oregon insurance company said Tuesday that his firm’s pending purchase of part of Montana’s second-largest health insurer will create a new option for consumers in the Montana market and should be approved by state regulators.

February 07, 2012 7:06 pmLoading…

Foundation seeks plans on statewide approach to fighting 'crisis' of childhood obesity

HELENA — A foundation financed by Montana’s largest private health insurer believes childhood obesity has reached a “crisis” level in the state, and said Tuesday said it plans to fund proposals to attack the problem at a statewide level.

September 27, 2011 5:27 pmLoading…
New West Health, state's second larger insurer, plans to sell 75% of its business

New West Health, state's second larger insurer, plans to sell 75% of its business

HELENA — The Montana hospitals that control New West Health Services, the state’s second-largest private health insurer, have tentatively agreed to transfer one-fourth of its business to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana — and New West may sell off another big chunk of its business in the n…

August 10, 2011 5:30 pm Photos

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana's building

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana's building

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana's building is seen here at its Fuller Avenue location in Helena.

August 10, 2011 5:25 pmLoading…

Blue Cross increases premiums, reduces administrative expense

HELENA — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, the state’s largest private health insurer, increased its revenue last year and cut administrative costs, but still lost money on its health insurance business, according to its annual report.

March 09, 2011 7:31 pm Related Loading…
Senator wants to block health insurance exchange

Senator wants to block health insurance exchange

HELENA — If you believe the federal health reform law is a bad idea, then you should stop Montana from setting up an Internet clearinghouse to sell health insurance — which is the "linchpin" of federal reform, a state senator said Tuesday.

February 15, 2011 4:38 pm Related Loading…

Health care reform moves ahead despite uncertainty

HELENA — Last Thursday, Democrats and the president celebrated the six-month anniversary of the massive federal health reform bill, but a poll shows they still have a lot of work to do if they hope to convince Americans that the reforms are a good plan.

September 25, 2010 11:40 pmLoading…

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