Kansas Chamber 2017 Ad Astra Award Winner

February 7, 2017

TOPEKA, KAN. (February 7, 2017) - The Kansas Chamber is pleased to announce Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas as the 2017 Ad Astra award winner.

Each year during the Kansas Chamber’s Annual Dinner, the Chamber recognizes a company with the Ad Astra Award. The Ad Astra Award is designed to recognize a Kansas business for its unique contribution to the economic health and welfare of the state. This honor is presented to a business that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has provided quality healthcare coverage and innovation for 75 years.  Their expertise, commitment and leadership to Kansans has been truly remarkable,” said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Kent Beisner.  “We are proud to present Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas the 2017 Ad Astra award, recognizing their high standards and consumer oriented business practices.”   

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has provided Kansans security and dependability for 75 years. From its earliest days in 1942, when the company first opened its doors with just three employees and eight members, it has grown into a company that today serves more than 930,000 Kansans who carry a Blue Cross and Blue Shield identification card. Each day, the company’s 1,600 employees strive to maintain the long-standing tradition of trust the company has developed with its customers, by providing a superior customer experience, quickly and accurately processing claims, and offering programs to help Kansans improve their health. 

"On behalf of the our board of directors, leadership team and all employees, let me say that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is honored to be this year's recipient of the Ad Astra Award," said Andrew C. Corbin, President/CEO. "The roots of our company run deep in Kansas; in the early years it was actually community members in each county who enrolled their family, friends and neighbors in our benefit plans. Today, 75 years later, we remain a locally operated company, owned by the Kansans for whom we work each and every day. Our employees take great pride in the work that we do for our fellow Kansans, whether that be processing a claim, answering a question, developing a new program or improving our communities through giving and volunteerism." 

As the state’s largest health insurer, BCBSKS is uniquely positioned to improve the health of everyone living in the state. It has the ability to work closely with doctors, hospitals and lawmakers to identify long-term solutions to the problems created by an ever-changing and dynamic health care marketplace. 

Headlining the 2017 Kansas Chamber's Annual Dinner as keynote speaker will be Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and former Governor of the State of Indiana. Presented by Spirit Aerosystems, 2016 Ad Astra Award Winner, the Chamber's dinner is the largest annual statewide gathering of business and political leaders in Kansas. 

For more information visit www.kansaschamber.org/17dinner.