Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama joins growing list of BCA exits


Alabama’s largest health insurer on Wednesday, announced they are joining the growing list of major companies pulling out of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) due to dissatisfaction with BCA’s leadership under President and CEO Billy Canary.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) joins Alabama Power, Regions Bank and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in leaving the council, which gets its primary funding from membership dues.

“Blue Cross has consistently participated at a high level of support of the BCA and its activities. At this time, the correct path for our company and our customers is to withdraw from the BCA while the organization considers its future path,” BCBSAL said in a statement.

According to BCA Board Chairman Perry Hand, these major companies had requested the BCA remove its  Canary, by May 1 or June 1, a deadline they were unable to meet. Instead, the BCA is working to have new leadership by January 1.