Posted by Madeleine Lovette
On this Labor Day, The Blues® celebrate the men and women who strive to make sure that all workers have quality health coverage. In fact, the Blue system was born around the same time as the National Labor Relations Act—the landmark federal law that gave workers the right to bargain for benefits, and which served as the catalyst for employer-based health benefits. Since then, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have shared a common goal with America’s workers: Secure and stable health coverage for workers no matter who they are or where they work.
When employers, individual workers and labor unions select Blue companies as their healthcare partner, workers receive the best coverage and greatest value in healthcare. The Blues' network of healthcare providers is the industry's largest, including 91 percent of all doctors and 96 percent of all hospitals in the United States. That means easier access to the best care for workers nationwide. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies cover one in three Americans—and more labor union members than any other insurer.
We’ve earned workers’ trust, and we’re committed to keeping it. We work with employers and labor unions alike to improve health and wellness by offering personalized programs that empower workers to take control of their health through better nutrition, exercise and disease management.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are dedicated to providing healthcare that works for America’s workers because we know that a healthy workforce leads to more productive and vibrant communities. The Blues also serve as a trustworthy health information resource for workers, so they and their families can make informed healthcare decisions and navigate any changes they may experience as a result of healthcare reform.
To get the latest information about the Blues, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @BCBSAssociation and @BlueLabor, a new way we are reaching out to the 18 million labor union members, retirees and family members that we serve. Blue Cross Blue Shield values the partnerships it has with employers and the labor community. Together, we can continue to strengthen the American workforce through better health and reliable coverage that all workers can count on.
We hope you have a happy and healthy Labor Day!