Discover Blue Shield

There are many compelling reasons to choose Blue Shield as your healthcare plan. Learn more about some programs and services we think could really make a difference for you.

HMO plan with easy-to-understand costs

When you select a Blue Shield HMO plan, you can count on fixed copayments for most covered services, plus no deductible to pay and virtually no claim forms to complete. You will have a good understanding up front of what your costs will be with a Blue Shield HMO.

Strong network of providers

We offer one of the largest HMO networks of physicians and hospitals in the state, with more 10,000 primary care physicians, 300 hospitals, and 21,000 specialists.

Support 24/7

We have nurses and counselors available around the clock. You can talk to California board-certified physicians or registered nurses anytime for medical support with Teladoc or NurseHelp 24/7SM. Services are confidential and available online or through a toll-free phone number.

With our LifeReferrals 24/7SM service, you have access to telephone and in-person counseling sessions for personal, financial or legal issues, at no additional cost.

Self-Refer to a specialist

With Access+ SpecialistSM, you can choose to self-refer to a specialist within your medical group or IPA (Independent Practice Association) for a slightly higher copay.

Coverage when you travel

You can receive emergency and urgent care from doctors and hospitals while on vacation or traveling for business anywhere in the world. Your plan can help you and your family stay covered with benefits for extended periods with the Away From Home Care® program. Students, long-term travelers, and families living apart can rely on access to health care across the country. Away From Home Care is available in 31 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Convenient pharmacy options

In addition to offering a large pharmacy network that includes chains such as Walgreens, Longs, and Rite Aid, we feature a convenient mail service pharmacy. If you take medication for a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you can get up to a 90-day supply of your prescriptions by mail. You may save money on your copayment and there is no charge for shipping. We’ve recently revised the copayment structure to encourage mail service purchases.

Health management programs

Our health management programs offer support at no additional charge to members with chronic conditions. Working directly with registered nurses, you can receive up-to-date health and wellness information and strategies for self-management for these conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Rewards and discounts

As a Blue Shield member, you’ll have access to discounts on chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, and vision services. You’ll also save with discounts for Weight Watchers, 24 Hour Fitness memberships, and health and wellness products.1 

Get more information

If you'd like to learn more about these programs and benefits, please visit the Plans and Benefits page of our member website.

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