What BCBSIL is Doing to Address Health Equity and SDoH

BCBSIL is committed to helping improve health equity for our members and the communities that we serve. The prevalence of health disparities has both a moral and economic imperative for action. Consequently, we are seeking to address opportunities to help improve health equity within the health care delivery system and outside of health care, upstream from disease and medical treatment.

We have also compiled a list of ICD-10 Z codes for social determinants of health  to better track and address the social needs of our members. We invite you to incorporate the codes on the claims you submit to BCBSIL so we may better understand the unique, social needs of BCBSIL members and help connect them with available resources.

Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM BCBSIL is committed to helping improve health equity for our members and the communities that we serve. One way we are doing this is by opening Blue Door Neighborhood Centers (BDNCs) in Chicago communities where some of our more vulnerable members live, work and play.

Blue ImpactSM Grants to Illinois Health and Wellness Organizations BCBSIL awarded $3.8 million to 76 nonprofit organizations committed to improving the health and wellness of Illinois residents. The grants are part of the Blue Impact grant program, which began in July 2023.

Care Van® Program For nearly 30 years, our fleet of Care Vans have brought public health services such as no cost immunizations, dental sealants and health literacy to schools, churches, parks, shopping centers, public housing, community events and other locations.

Corporate Social Responsibility Report As the only health insurer to offer a health plan in every Illinois ZIP code, we understand leadership is a privilege, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve and support our members and communities. We’re focused on removing barriers to health equity, improving the health and wellness of our communities, and expanding access to affordable, quality care. 

Transportation services to help our Medicaid members BCBSIL is working with ModivCare to provide non-emergency medical transportation services at no cost for our Blue Cross Community Health PlansSM and Blue Cross Community MMAI (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)SM members. 

ModivCare, is an independent company that has contracted with BCBSIL to provide transportation services for members with coverage through BCBSIL. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding third party vendors and the products and services offered by them.

The above material is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician or other health care provider. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the appropriate course of treatment. References to third party sources or organizations are not a representation, warranty or endorsement of such organizations. Any questions regarding those organizations should be addressed to them directly. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.