Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a collection of companies that offer healthcare coverage policies to their members. Blue Cross Blue Shield was founded in 1929, and about one in three Americans is covered under some type of Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. More than 96% of medical facilities contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, making it one of the most widely accepted insurers in the country.
Anthem Inc. is one of the companies that is apart of the Blue Cross Blue Shield network. Thirty-eight million people in the U.S. are covered under Anthem plans. While one in three Americans has a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, one in nine is covered under an Anthem policy.
Anthem Inc. was initially founded in the 1940s but merged in 2004 with the company WellPoint Health Networks. At one point, Anthem was called WellPoint Health but has been changed back to its original Anthem name. Currently, Anthem is an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Since Anthem Inc. is a part of the extensive Blue Cross Blue Shield network of insurance providers, it is also widely accepted across thousands of hospitals and care providers in the U.S.