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Company History

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana began in New Orleans in February 1934 when representatives of six area hospitals got together and formed the Hospital Service Association of New Orleans, a nonprofit, mutual insurer that offered a form of pre-paid hospital care.

Families were fighting the Great Depression, Huey Long was in the U.S. Senate, Bonnie and Clyde were on the run in north Louisiana—and the organization that would become Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana housed two employees in a small one-room office. More than 80 years later, we are still committed to improving the health and lives of all Louisianians.