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Covered California

Welcome to Blue Shield of California!

We’re glad you’ve chosen Blue Shield to provide you with quality healthcare coverage, and we’re excited to share with you all the advantages of your membership.

What’s next?

If you have not yet provided full payment for your first month of coverage, you will receive an email or paper bill from us with details on how to complete that payment.  You will have the option to pay online, over the phone or by check through the mail.

Once we receive and process your full payment your application will be complete and we can assign you an effective date for coverage.  If you currently have coverage, please continue paying for it until your new coverage begins. Prior to your first day of coverage, you will receive your member ID card, more details about your Blue Shield benefits and instructions on how to register online and get more information specific to your benefits and coverage.

In the meantime you can browse this page to access many of the services available to you.

Choose a provider from one of the links below. Select the type of provider you need, enter your location and click Find Now. The provider’s network will be preselected– either PPO or EPO (depending on the area where you are searching).
In the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan, you may select a preferred or a non-preferred provider or hospital each time you access care.  This plan offers more flexibility, but you pay more out-of-pocket expenses when using an out-of-network provider. Choose your PPO provider.

The Exclusive Provider organization (EPO) offers discounts on overall medical costs, as long as you access services within the network.  You pay the total costs for care received outside of the network.  Choose your EPO provider. EPO is available in the following counties:

AlamedaLakeSan BenitoTuolumne
Del NorteNapaSonoma