Independence Blue Cross

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Independence Blue Cross
TypePrivate not-for-profit
IndustryHealth Insurance
Founded1938 Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersG. Fred DiBona Jr. Building
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Key people
Charles Pizzi, Chairman
Gregory E. Deavens, President and CEO

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is a health insurer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.[1] Independence is the largest health insurer in the Philadelphia area, serving people in the region and seven million nationwide.[2]

Employing more than 10,000 people,[3] the company offers a wide variety of health plans, including managed care, and traditional indemnity insurance. Its network of health care providers includes nearly 160 area hospitals and more than 42,000 physicians and other health care professionals.

Independence is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Company history[edit]

Independence Blue Cross began in 1938 as the Associated Hospital Service of Philadelphia and offered the first prepaid hospitalization plan in the region. Philadelphia Mayor S. Davis Wilson enrolled as the first member, and Independence Hall became the first employer group to purchase coverage.

By the end of its first year, the company had more than 160,000 members. By 1958, it employed 600 people and contracted with 94 hospitals. In 1964, the company changed its name to Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia and in 1988, began doing business as Independence Blue Cross.[3]

In October 2011, Independence launched a private, charitable foundation — the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.

Subsidiaries and affiliates[edit]

In addition to health care benefits, Independence Blue Cross offers specialized services and managed care through its affiliates and subsidiaries.

  • QCC Insurance Company
  • Keystone Health Plan East
  • Independence Administrators
  • AmeriHealth
  • AmeriHealth Administrators
  • AmeriHealth Casualty
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CompServices, Inc.
  • NaviNet, Inc.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Independence Blue Cross Company Overview".360° Company Information. Hoover's. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ George, John (August 28, 2013). "IBC expanding product line". Philadelphia Business Journal. Archived from the original on August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ a b About Independence Blue Cross