BLUE KC PARTNERING WITH MARC TO EXPAND SERVICES TO MEDICARE MEMBERS - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Skip to main content

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2020

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Barry Brakeville

KANSAS CITY, MO. (December 14, 2020)—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), Missouri’s largest not-for-profit healthcare insurance provider, announced today that it is working with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to offer members in select Medicare Advantage plans expansion and connection to services that are intended to help Members with social determinants of.

“Blue KC is honored to work with MARC, who serves as an important conduit and catalyst to help so many in our community connect to the public services they need that they often can’t access on their own,” said Lori Rund, Vice President, Government Programs. “We’re pleased to be able to leverage MARC’s expertise to offer Medicare Advantage members tools they can use in those members’ efforts to improve their health. It’s critical that those shopping Medicare Advantage plans understand the totality of value this partnership can bring to them and their families.”

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, Blue KC members in the Blue Medicare Advantage Spira Care HMO plan can experience holistic care through Spira Care Centers, which offer a unique concierge service that treat the whole person, all in one space.

“The nonprofit community organizations in MARC’s Managed Services Network are all trusted local Kansas City service providers,” said James Stowe, PhD, Director, Aging & Adult Services and Lead, Managed Services Network “Being able to offer tools that may help members as they address social determinants of health within the Medicare Advantage space is in essence reinventing care for so many in our community in such a unique and positive way, allowing us to reach these members with the helpful resources.”

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

About the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Mid-America Regional Council serves as the nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a board of 33 local elected officials, MARC provides a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic and environmental progress throughout the region.