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The BlueCard® Program

Traveling across the country or around the world? Our unique BlueCard Program helps Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members access contracting doctors and hospitals across the nation and around the world.

BlueCard is a national program that enables members to obtain health care services when traveling or living outside their Blue Plan service area. When BCBSIL members travel or live away from home for an extended period, they'll have the same benefits as their BCBSIL Plan.

More than 90% of all hospitals and 80% of doctors in the United States contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Plans. Outside the United States, members have access to doctors and hospitals in more than 200 countries and territories around the world through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core Program.

Advantages of BlueCard

  • Easy access to contracting providers. The BlueCard Program provides access to one of the largest networks of contracting providers in America.
  • Usually no paperwork or claims to file. When visiting a network provider, all you need to do is show your ID card.

Locate a Provider

When searching for a provider in the U.S., use our Provider Finder®.
When searching for a provider outside the U.S., visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core® website


BlueCard coverage will vary for each BCBS Plan and will vary depending on whether you choose a contracting or non-contracting provider. Be sure to call Customer Service at the number on the back of your member ID card before traveling.

If you are already a BCBSIL member, log in to Blue Access for MembersSM to access more detailed information.