Blue Shield of California Receives Four Stars for Medicare Health Plan

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Shield of California announced today that its Medicare Health Plan received four stars for program quality. This rating, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), measures Medicare health and drug plans' quality using their new 5-star rating program.  

"This quality measurement both recognizes our efforts and fully aligns with Blue Shield's mission to provide access to quality, affordable health care for all Californians," said Kathy Swenson, senior vice president, Individual, Small Group, & Government Business Unit (ISGBU).

Medicare measures the quality of health and prescription drug plans using more than 50 metrics such as plan responsiveness, customer service, pricing and safety, and pharmacy services. The ratings are updated every fall and are found on the Medicare Plan Finder website at

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan with 3.3 million members, 4,800 employees, and one of the largest provider networks in California. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California offers a wide range of commercial and government products throughout the state. The company has contributed more than $125 million over the past four years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation — which was named one of BusinessWeek's 20 most generous corporate foundations. Contact your local agent or broker for more information about Blue Shield products and services, or visit the Blue Shield website at

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SOURCE Blue Shield of California