• Preventive Care or Medical Care? Learn the Difference

    June 3, 2024
    Many people may not know that there are two types of care you can receive when you go to the doctor — preventive care and medical care. The type of care is different, and your costs may be different, too. Medical Care vs. Preventive Care Think...
  • What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities as an HMO Member?

    June 3, 2024
    This article is intended for HMO members enrolled in an employer health insurance plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois respects and honors your rights. In return, we ask that you know and honor your responsibilities, too. To learn how you...
  • Save Money on Health and Fitness Products with Blue365

    If you’re looking for some great discounts on health-related products and services, check out the Blue365® program. It’s just one more advantage of being a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois member. You and your family can save w...
  • Need an Explanation of Your Explanation of Benefits?

    You’ve been to the doctor and paid your copay. How are you going to know when your claim is filed and finalized? Simple — you'll get your Explanation of Benefits (EOB). Your EOB will break down the services you received, the co...
  • BCBSIL HMO Health Management Programs May Be Right for You

    This article is intended for HMO members enrolled in an employer health insurance plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois HMO plans offer Population Health Management Programs to help you take care of your health. Look at the programs offered...
  • Where Do You Go When an Emergency Isn’t Really an Emergency?

    May 1, 2024
    I get it. When your child is sick on a Friday night, your first thought isn’t about choosing the best place to go to save time and money. Your first thought is to keep your child from pain and suffering. Since you aren’t a doctor, you pro...
  • Look for a New Blue Points Rewards Experience in 2025

    April 30, 2024
    Well onTarget® and Blue PointsSM are not available to all members. Check Blue Access for Members or ask your benefits administrator to see if you have these benefits. Some changes are coming to your Well onTarget rewards experience. The Blue Poin...
  • Want to Help Improve Your Health Plan?

    April 30, 2024
    This article is intended for HMO members. Interested in sharing your thoughts on ways to improve the HMO experience? We’re looking for volunteers for our HMO Consumer Advisory Committee. It’s a chance for HMO members to help Blue Cross an...
  • How to Use Your Digital Member ID Card

    April 26, 2024
    A device that was once only used for calling has become a tool that securely holds some of your most important assets. With your mobile phone, you can save photos of family and friends, use your preferred payment methods, even access your health...
  • Get Real-Time Updates with Text Alerts

    April 11, 2024
    We don’t want you to miss important health care updates. So make sure to opt in to receive text messages from us. You can get: Claim status notification: Receive notifications when claims are processed. Saving opportunities: Get timely notices....
  • What Is a Chronic Disease?

    April 10, 2024
    At some point, you’ll probably need to see a doctor about something. You may have a sore throat, a broken arm or a kid with a high fever. No matter why you need a doctor, it’s important to understand common medical terms. Ideally, you&rsq...
  • Find a Doctor Who's a Good Fit for You

    April 4, 2024
    Sometimes you know it’s time for a change. But what if that change involves finding a new primary care doctor? Maybe you’ve moved, and it’s a long drive to your current doctor. Perhaps you don’t feel heard. Or you just think i...
  • Self-Management Program: Managing Your Stress

    March 26, 2024
    Stress has a way of rearing its ugly head. It comes in many different forms and from different areas of your life. Too much work? Not enough “me-time?” Too many commitments? Sometimes, stress can be overwhelming. When it is, your body oft...
  • How Your Coverage Works in an Emergency

    March 25, 2024
    When you have an illness or injury, you need to decide where to go for care . Many illnesses and injuries can be treated by your regular doctor, at a retail clinic or an urgent care center. But what if you're having signs of a heart attack? Broke...
  • Wondering If a New Treatment Is Right for You?

    March 22, 2024
    This article is intended for HMO members enrolled in an employer health insurance plan. New treatments for many conditions — from diabetes to cancer — are in the news. Do you wonder if you might be a candidate for a treatment that could h...