Region’s largest healthcare provider commits $18 Million for employers and members

After creating the trending hashtag #GratefulKC to spark appreciation, Blue KC donates millions in financial relief to support the BCBSKC community during COVID-19.

Yesterday, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced they will be dedicating almost $18 million in financial relief during COVID-19 conditions to introduce new support for its employers and members.

Photo courtesy of Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Blue Cross serves as the industry’s largest healthcare providers, consistently giving back to the community and its employees.


  • Employers: Employers will be able to use credits for certain health care premiums, which can provide financial assistance. The premium program plans to start in August. Questions and answers about the plan are answered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield here. (
  • Healthcare providers: Healthcare providers will be able to obtain advance value-based payments taking place in August and September. This is applicable to providers if they participate in Blue KC’s Advanced Primary Care Program.
  • Medicare advantage members: Medicare coverage will be provided through health insurance’s that are private. Cost-sharing will be removed when testing for COVID-19. If necessary due to health conditions, previous authorizations will be removed for tests. Until June 30, members will have no cost for telehealth visits. More information can be found here.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield recognizes the Kansas City community, focusing on the effects of COVID-19 and how it is impacting those around them.

On April 6, 2020, a campaign called #GratefulKC was announced by Blue KC to demonstrate their appreciation for individuals working hard to serve others during COVID-19.

A trend started by Blue KC sparked a community stepping forward to thank those who have risked their life for the sake of the whole Kansas City area.

Blue KC tweeted on April 14, 2020 the following: “Help us thank KC’s healthcare professionals and essential workers. Use #GratefulKC on social media and we’ll donate $1 to the @Royals Respond Fund. Learn more at”