Our story

Did you know that Minnesota was the first "Blue" health plan in the nation?

Our history began in 1933, when seven St. Paul hospitals teamed up to form the “Minnesota Hospital Association.” It became the country’s first prepaid health care network. An early ad featured a nurse with a blue cross armband on the sleeve of her uniform. This was the birth of our iconic logo. We became the first health plan to be known as “Blue Cross.”

Less than 10 years later, the name and symbol were adopted by the national Blue Cross Association. Blue Cross went on to become one of most recognized and trusted health care brands in the world.

Today we are the leading health plan in the state

  • We have more members, the largest network of doctors, and more products and services than any other health plan in Minnesota.
  • About one in three Minnesotans has a health plan with us.
  • Our 2.6 million members can be found in every Minnesota county, all 50 states and on four continents.

Our mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives

We want our members to have better access to health care. And we want that health care to be affordable and available when it's needed. In 2013, The Twin Cities Business Journal named us one of the "Twin Cities Healthiest Employers."  

We are a nonprofit Minnesota company

  • 90 cents of every health care dollar we collect is used to pay for our members’ health care.
  • Our administrative cost is less than 10 cents of every dollar – one of the lowest in the country.
  • Even though we are a nonprofit, we pay more than $100 million in taxes and assessments every year.
  • We provide more than $250 million in wages to our state economy each year.
  • Approximately 3,500 employees work for us throughout Minnesota.  We have offices in Eagan, Virginia, Aurora, Duluth and St. Cloud, and a retail store location in Edina.