BLUE KC EXPANDS INNOVATIVE SPIRA CARE OFFERING IN KANSAS CITY METRO - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Skip to main content

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2020

For more information contact:
Barry Brakeville

KANSAS CITY, MO. (December 16, 2020)—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) announced that members of plans with access to Spira Care Centers will now have a new location to visit in Overland Park, Kansas. The new Spira Care Center opens on December 21, 2020 to further accessibility to its unique and personalized care approach.

Blue KC launched its insurance plans with exclusive access to Spira Care in 2018 as an integrated offering that simplifies the healthcare experience, to give members better access to care and coverage. Members enrolled in plans with exclusive access to Spira Care – which combines integrated and doctor-led care plus coverage in one place – can receive primary care, behavioral health consultations and chronic condition management all under one roof. Spira Care focuses on preventive care to assist members in their health journey and with the goal to drive down costs. At Spira Care Overland Park, members will also have access to X-rays, routine lab work, health coaching and diabetes education.

“When designing the plans with access to Spira Care, we worked with our members to uncover what they wanted out of their healthcare experience – one that would best support their care needs at no or low cost and offer hands-on support in their healthcare journey,” said Tim O’Brien, Vice President and Executive Director of Care Delivery, Blue KC. “Our Spira Care plans are successful because they were built to make care simple and personal by partnering with members, so they don’t feel alone in navigating the healthcare system.”

Members enrolled in Blue KC plans with Spira Care have access to the expertise of Care Guides, eight Care Centers and virtual care for their physical and behavioral healthcare needs. Spira Care Guides are real people with nursing and benefit backgrounds, who serve as a single point of contact to answer member’s questions, explain benefits and costs and coordinate care in and out of a Care Center. At Spira Care Centers, members also have access to doctor visits for low to no cost.

“We are proud Spira Care is opening its eighth Care Center in the Kansas City metro to provide affordable access to and ease of care to our growing number of members looking for an innovative and personal care experience,” said Greg Sweat M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue KC. “Spira Care’s reimagined healthcare model has already seen tremendous success – expanding its Care Teams to 123 physicians, nurses and support staff and growing membership by 57.7 percent over the past two years. Blue KC is continuously exploring new ways to help members improve their health outcomes without sacrificing simplicity and affordability.”

Blue KC is proud to offer plans with access to Spira Care to small-, mid- and large-group markets employers, Medicare Advantage members as well as through the individual ACA marketplace in 2021.

This is the eighth Spira Care location in the Kansas City metro region and the third in Johnson County, Kansas. Spira Care Overland Park is located at 7341 West 133rd Street. To take a virtual tour of a Care Center or for more information on Spira Care’s simplified and personalized care experience, visit

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the largest not-for-profit health insurer in Missouri and the only not-for-profit commercial health insurer in Kansas City, has been part of the Kansas City community since 1938. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City provides health coverage services to more than one million residents in the greater Kansas City area, including Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and 30 counties in Northwest Missouri. Our mission: to provide affordable access to healthcare and to improve the health of our members. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information on the company, visit its website at