Although there is no actual company named BlueCross BlueShield NY, the BlueCross BlueShield Association has four New York-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield member companies as of 2014. The New York companies are Empire, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, BlueShield of Northeastern New York and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies provide a wide range of health insurance products for large groups, small businesses and individuals. Each company in the BlueCross BlueShield Association is an independent, locally operated licensee. Member companies are granted the right to use the trademarked Blue Cross and Blue Shield name in exclusive geographic territories around the world. As of 2014, the BCBS Association has 37 members providing service to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.