BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is the largest health benefit plan company in Tennessee. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by its own board of directors. The organization is part of a nationwide association of health care plans licensed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.[1]


BlueCross was founded in 1945 when Roy McDonald saw the need to establish a payment system that would benefit Erlanger Hospital, now the Erlanger Health System.[2]

On October 2, 2009, 57 computer hard drives were stolen from Blue Cross, some containing Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and medical information. Some of them contain Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and medical information.[3] In 2012, the company was fined $1.5 million over the data breach.[4]


  1. ^ Flessner, Dave (2019-09-30). "Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee refunds $22.6 million to policy holders". Times Free Press. Retrieved 2022-07-16. Tax-paying Not-for-profit, Health Plan
  2. ^ Lundy, Davis (2019-09-14). "Moments in Memory: BlueCross BlueShield founding shaped future of city's health care". Times Free Press. Retrieved 2022-07-16. Moments in Memory BlueCross BlueShield
  3. ^ "More than 220,000 customers affected by stolen BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee data" Associated Press; January 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "US health insurer fined $1.5m over 2009 data breach" Naked Security; March 15, 2012]