Did you know that Minnesota was the first "Blue" health plan in the nation?
Our history began in 1933, when seven St. Paul hospitals teamed up to form the “Minnesota Hospital Association.” It became the country’s first prepaid health care network. An early ad featured a nurse with a blue cross armband on the sleeve of her uniform. This was the birth of our iconic logo. We became the first health plan to be known as “Blue Cross.”
Less than 10 years later, the name and symbol were adopted by the national Blue Cross Association.* Blue Cross went on to become one of most recognized and trusted health care brands in the world.
Today, we are the leading health plan in the state
Our mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives
We want our members to have better access to health care. And we want that health care to be affordable and available when it's needed.
In 2013, The Twin Cities Business Journal named us one of the "Twin Cities Healthiest Employers."
*Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is an association of independent Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plans.