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.