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March 12, 2018

DES MOINES, IA — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield released its 2017 annual report, “Wellmarkability.” The report highlights Wellmark’s progress toward their goal of building and maintaining a sustainable health care system.

“Working toward a sustainable health care system for future generations is Wellmark’s top priority,” said John Forsyth, Chairman and CEO of Wellmark. “Each year, we take significant steps toward that goal, working both inside and outside the health care system.”

A few accomplishments highlighted in the report include:

  • Sixteen accountable care organizations now operate in 77 of 99 counties in Iowa and have nearly 1,400 participating doctors and 367,000 participating members.
  • Seventeen cities in Iowa and South Dakota have taken the first steps toward making their communities an even better place to live, work and play through Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark.
  • A total of 77 Blue Distinction® Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ that provide specialty care across Iowa and South Dakota are, on average, 20 percent more cost-efficient and have a proven track record of fewer complications and readmissions.

“I am proud of our legacy as a mutual insurance company where we continually invest in our members, employees and future generations,” said Forsyth. “It is also why I remain optimistic about the future of Wellmark and the health care industry as we strive to make each year better than the one before.”

To read the report and learn more about Wellmark’s progress on their goal, visit