Partnerships that Inspire Texans
For the fifth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas partnered with The Texas Tribune to inspire civic engagement
Helping Texans understand how public policy shapes health care
For the fifth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) partnered with The Texas Tribune to inspire civic engagement in public policy in all corners of the state. The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs and engages Texans on public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. The Texas Tribune’s TribTalk website offers an opportunity for people to offer their perspective on all things Texas. In 2017, BCBSTX shared educational insights on health care through four written editorials:
- Building innovation to drive health care solutions
- Freestanding ERs: Astronomical costs and statistics tell the real story
- Legislation to protect Texans from “surprise bills” at freestanding emergency rooms
- New Texas legislation protects health care consumers
Texas Tribune also hosts public conversations in the far corners of the state, created to address key issues in public policy. Many statewide organizations host their events in the densely populated metroplexes, but The Texas Tribune goes on the road to ensure that the under-represented are getting a voice in public policy. In 2017, BCBSTX partnered with them to host events in locations like San Angelo, Texarkana, Prairie View, Lubbock, Edinburg and San Marcos.
In late August, Houston and its surrounding communities were devastated when Hurricane Harvey came ashore, bringing with it record rainfall. Every Texas heart turned toward relief efforts, as our state tried to counteract the impact of such a tragedy.
The Texas Tribune and BCBSTX immediately found ways they could contribute, leading to an inspired new collaboration. With the annual Texas Tribune Festival only weeks away, event coordinators added several panels to the agenda, to address the hurricane’s impact and inspire collective action. As a sponsor of the Festival, BCBSTX added an ideation experience where attendees could help innovate around health care solutions for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
But it didn’t stop there.
In addition to many other relief efforts, The Texas Tribune hosted a Health Care after Hurricane Harvey luncheon in Houston, to bring together experts to discuss the health care landscape after this natural disaster. As with all Texas Tribune events, the conversation was livestreamed and is permanently hosted online for the public to view at any time.
These efforts are among the many ways BCBSTX collaborates with The Texas Tribune, resulting in relevant and timely discussions that influence and enhance the way Texans live life together.
Learn more about the impact this partnership has had on Texans – from videos to photos to audience sizes. Click here to attend a Texas Tribune event near you.