Stay well—get your screenings

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois wants you to stay healthy and involved in your health care. Download the Annual Wellness Exam Checklist from getwellnessblueil.com, fill it out and bring it to your yearly checkup. Your annual wellness visit is an opportunity for you to discuss your health care directly with your doctor and review other screenings and exams that you may be due to receive.

Have You Scheduled Your Mammogram?

Ladies, ever book a salon appointment months in advance to make sure you have it when you need it most? What about doing the same for your mammogram? Studies show that mammograms should be continued as you age. And in fact, 40% of all breast cancer diagnoses are in women over the age of 65. more »

The Science of Happy: You Don’t Have to be Born That Way

Social media is filled with inspirational quotes, videos and photos meant to encourage us to be happier. But are some people just born happier than others? more »

Taking Care of Your Health is Easier Than You Think

There are many ways you can take care of your health beyond (or between) visits to the doctor's office. You can take steps to lead a healthy life and chart your progress day to day. more »

Develop Your Summer Exercise Game Plan

Don’t let the summer heat derail your workout plans. You can stay active as temperatures climb by considering both indoor and outdoor activities. more »

Are You Caring for Your Colon?

It's not a topic most of us like to think about, but getting a colorectal cancer screening is an important part of staying healthy. As the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States*, early detection is crucial. That's particularly true for African-Americans for whom the incidence of colorectal cancer and death rates from the disease are higher than other ethnic or racial groups in the country. more »

Diabetes: if you can’t prevent it, you may be able to delay it

Millions of Americans have or are at risk for developing diabetes1. Untreated, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, blindness, amputation and even death. Can diabetes be delayed, or even prevented? more »

Kicking the Habit: Helping to Overcome Opioid Addiction in America

More Americans are getting caught in a growing web of addiction to opioids – powerful narcotics that relieve pain – than ever before. Read about one member’s journey to learn what we are doing to help members avoid becoming victims. more »

Membership Has Its Advantages

Did you know there are special advantages to being a BCBSIL member? Check out two websites that will help you better manage your health. more »

Survey Says...

In the coming months, you may receive in the mail the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers (CAHPS) survey about your experiences as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois member. more »

How to be sure you're talking to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

With hackers and health care scammers finding new ways to cheat people out of money and identity, how can you tell if a call or email is real or fake? more »

Caregivers: Take time out for yourself

Caring for others can be stressful. So it's important that caregivers make time for themselves. Caring for others can be mentally and physically exhausting. more »

Avoiding Vision Loss from Diabetes

For older adults with diabetes, loss of vision is a serious problem. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to increasingly blurry vision, even to blindness. more »

Balancing Opioid Use and Abuse

The treatment of pain is an important aspect in maintaining health and quality of life, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the prescription of opioid painkillers in the Medicare population has reached what it describes as an "epidemic" level. more »

A New Way To Stay On Top Of Your Prescriptions

It's not always easy to take your medications when you're supposed to. Life often gets in the way of the best laid plans. In addition, the more prescriptions you have, the harder it can be to keep track of when to take them. more »

Still Smoking? Quitting Has Major Benefits

One of the best things you can do for your health is to quit smoking or using other kinds of tobacco. It isn’t easy, but it can be done.more »

When Lungs Break, the Heart Follows

“To breathe is to live, and without breath there is no life” is a basic tenet of yoga. Nothing is more true for those who struggle to breath. more »

Medication Adherence: How and Why

The goal sounds so simple: take your medications on time. Life, however, has a tendency to get in the way of the best-laid plans and suddenly you look at your pillbox and realize you’re several doses behind. more »

Breast cancer screenings remain important as you age

The older women get, the greater their chances of getting breast cancer. So it's very important for all older women to keep breast cancer screenings "front of mind" every time they see their doctor. more »

Diabetes: Know what it is, and what to look for

Diabetes is a serious, chronic health condition involving insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar (known as glucose) to enter your body's cells. more »

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