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A Letter from the Executive Corner

With the end of 2019 approaching, the National Labor Office is proud of not only the many accomplishments in 2019 but the accomplishments of the 36 Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans across the United States in their efforts to support union members. 

I am delighted to share the stories below highlighting the hard work of the blues’ system to provide better health outcomes for members. Whether it be through community engagement in providing better food options for those who may not have readily available access to quality meals and ingredients, or looking for solutions on behalf of members through value based care initiatives.  

I wish everyone a happy holiday season and please do not hesitate to reach out to the National Labor Office if you have any questions.   

In Unity, 
Bonnie Summers

Executive Director
National Labor Office

Fall NLO Board Meeting Recap

The National Labor Office held its annual fall Board of Directors, meeting in South Carolina in September. The purpose of this meeting was to highlight the achievements for the year focusing on both Plan and Labor support. Taking a moment to again recognize the leadership changes within our Board of Directors; Marty Lutzeier of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will serve as Chairman, Randy Christensen of Premera Blue Cross will serve as Vice-chair, and Dick Quigley of Health Care Service Corporation will serve as Chair-Emeritus. 

In addition, we were honored to have Charles Brave Jr, Vice President of the South Carolina AFL – CIO join our group to share insights into the labor movement in South Carolina. Being able to provide a look into the day-to-day task union’s face is a great asset for our Board and allows them to bring back valuable information to their teams. 

Community Support

Capital BlueCross Celebrates 31 Years of Giving with the Secret Santa Program

American Heart Association names first Social Impact Fund recipients in Chicago

Blue KC, through its partnership with Harvesters, has provided more than one million meals to Kansas Citians in need

Member Support

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to Cover Insulin Costs at No Charge Next Year

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Seven Health Organizations Will Share Financial Risk for Patient Care and Health

Information & Insights

9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know it. Are you one of them?

Community Spotlight

Congratulations to Greg Potter, Senior Labor Relations Consultant, Capital Blue Cross, as he joins the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year class in Lehigh Valley.

Event Calendar



3–5  National LERA Meeting ASSA/AEA (San Diego, CA)

19–21  Made in America (Las Vegas, NV)

21–23  Consortium Sales Advantage Conference (San Diego, CA)

26–28  NCPERS Annual Legislative Conference (Washington, DC)


13–18  National Labor Management Conference (Hollywood, FL)

24–26  Consortium HealthCare Forum (Dana Point, CA)

For generations, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies have provided secure and stable coverage to meet the healthcare needs of America’s working families. Proudly serving over 17 million unionized workers, retirees and their families — more than any other insurer — we are committed to remaining the top healthcare insurer for working Americans, now and in the future. The Blue Cross Blue Shield National Labor Office acts as a liaison between organized labor and our 36 BCBS companies, working hand in hand to ensure healthcare coverage for working Americans.

Our mailing address is:
National Labor Office
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
1310 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

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