employer connection

Out-of-Area Coverage

BlueCard® Program

Provider access for Blue Shield* members doesn't end at the California state border.

The BlueCard® Program allows us to offer some of the largest networks coast to coast so our members can access healthcare services while traveling or living in another Blue plan service area.

The BlueCard network includes:

  • Over 92% of all providers and 97% of all hospitals in the U.S., and

  • Global access to nearly 50,000 contracted providers in over 230 countries through BlueCard Worldwide®.

Combined, Blue plans cover more than 100 million people, or one in three Americans.  More experience and more information means we have the insight into healthcare developments and best practices that can help you achieve a healthier population and a solid return on investment.

To find a participating Blue plan provider, members can:

  • Go to blueshieldca.com/findaprovider and then select the Providers Outside of California link

  • Or, call BlueCard customer service at (800) 810-BLUE (2583), seven days a week, 24 hours a day

For more information about accessing care through the BlueCard® Program:

Download our BlueCard brochure (PDF, 205KB) to share with your employees. 

Note: HMO plan members have access to BlueCard providers only for urgent or emergency medical needs, or authorized medical follow-up care. For more information, please refer employees to their Evidence of Coverage (EOC) or Certificate of Insurance (COI) booklet.

Away From Home Care Program for HMO Members

By using the Away From Home Care® Program, your employees and their covered dependents can access HMO care when they reside outside of California, providing students, long-term travelers, and families living apart with convenience and flexibility.

To receive benefit coverage, members and their dependents living outside California must live in a Host Plan service area.

To learn more about this program, download our Away from Home flyer (PDF, 76KB) or call (800) 622-9402 to speak with a customer service representative.


*Blue Shield of California and Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Company (Blue Shield Life)