Subtitle 2017 Health and Wellness Programs Served One Million Louisianians Baton Rouge, LA – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has released its annual Community Partnerships Report, detailing the impact the company and employees have made statewide through volunteer time and charitable giving. Among the work highlighted in 2017: The company and its employees gave $1 million to support nonprofits organizations and events in communities around the state, which helped more than one million Louisianians. Employees logged more than 20,000 hours of community volunteering, with 25% of those hours completed through the company’s “Team Blue” program. Full-time Blue Cross employees earn 12 hours of paid time off annually, which they can use to volunteer for events and causes they care about. Employees offered their professional skills such as legal, marketing, IT financial planning and other areas to Louisiana nonprofits, totaling more than $77,000 worth of pro bono services. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation awarded more than $2 million in grants to organizations pursuing innovative new ideas in health, as well as several community-wide “collective impact” grants to coalitions working together on major health issues. The Foundation’s Angel Award program, which finds and makes grant awards to everyday Louisianians doing extraordinary good for the state’s children, honored nine new Angels from around the state. “We are deeply proud of our colleagues and their continuing commitment to show up for Louisiana,” says Michael Tipton, head of community relations and president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. “The company’s 2,600 employees don’t just work here; they live here, too – so we want to see Louisiana be as great as it can be, and have made a commitment to our friends, families and neighbors that we will use our might for right.” The full report is available online at www.bcbslafoundation.org About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, we have eight regional offices to serve our customers around the state. We invite all Louisianans to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media. About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Together Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation invest $2.5 million each year into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits.