Written by: Blue Cross of Idaho
As a Blue Cross of Idaho member, your benefits travel with you wherever you go – across the country and around the world. Read on to learn how to access your health insurance while traveling in or outside of the USA.
Yes. Your Blue Cross of Idaho health insurance gives you a world of choices. Within the United States, you’re covered wherever you need care. Outside the United States, you have access to doctors and hospitals around the world through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global® Core program.
In most cases, when you travel or live outside of Idaho, you can get care at in-network rates based on what the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurer in that state has negotiated with its doctors and hospitals. For covered services, you should not have to pay any amount above these in-network rates or any applicable out-of-pocket expenses.
To find doctors and hospitals wherever you or a covered dependent need care, have your member ID card handy.
Search in these ways:
Before getting care, here are some things to remember to access your health insurance when traveling outside of Idaho:
After you get care, you should:
If you’re traveling abroad, here are a few things to keep in mind to access your health insurance:
Inpatient health insurance claim: Call the BCBS Service Center if you need inpatient care. In most cases, you should not need to pay for inpatient care up front, except for the out-of-pocket expenses (noncovered services, deductible, copayment and coinsurance) you normally pay. The hospital should submit the claim on your behalf.
In addition to contacting the Service Center, call Blue Cross of Idaho for any precertification or prior authorization needed. Call the phone number on the back of your member ID card. Note: This number is different from the BCBS Service Center phone numbers listed above.
Professional health insurance claim: You may need to pay up front for care received from a doctor and/or hospital. Complete a Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core International claim form and send it with the bill(s) to the Service Center (the address is on the form). You can also submit your claim online or through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core mobile app.
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Posted: March 22, 2023