Blue Shield of California members receive an ID card upon full enrollment in a Blue Shield of California plan. An ID card contains important information for members to use when accessing the care they need.

What your ID card information means

While ID cards vary a bit from plan to plan, most have these items:


  Name Description
A Subscriber The name of the primary subscriber, or main person on the plan
B Member The name of another person on the plan, like a child or spouse of the subscriber
C ID# The subscriber identification number (also called member ID number)
D Copayment The fixed dollar amount or percentage that you pay as your share of the cost for covered services. This varies by plan and type of visit
E Group# The number that identifies the subscriber’s group
F Effective The date that coverage started in the current plan year
G Coverage The plan’s type of coverage: family or individual
H Plan The type of plan: Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
I RxBIN Rx Business Identification Number: tells your pharmacy which insurance carrier you are using
J RxPCN Rx Processor Control Number: tells your pharmacy what benefits will be used to fill your pharmacy request
K Language The subscriber’s preferred language
L Suitcase logo Shows that your plan offers out-of-state benefits. Review your Evidence of Coverage to see what they are
M Deductible and
maximum table
Shows the deductible and out-of-pocket expenses for in-network and out-of-network care


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