Like the five other Blue Cross® plans in Canada, ABC Benefits Corporation operates the Alberta Blue Cross® Plan in compliance with the licensing requirements of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans. Each Blue Cross plan in Canada is an independent organization and has evolved to serve the unique requirements of its regional market.
The Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans criteria for using the Blue Cross name and trademarks in Canada include:
- All licensed Blue Cross plans must operate on a not-for-profit basis. Any surplus beyond claims and administration expenses is used to improve products or services to customers, as well as maintain adequate reserves.
- Plans must comply with specific financial reporting and auditing procedures established by the Association.
- Plan activities must be directed principally to health care financing and service delivery.