Posted Dec. 29, 2020
We are happy to announce that as of Jan. 1, 2021, the Blue Choice Select PPO plan will be available in 99 counties* throughout Illinois. If you’re currently contracted with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) for the Blue Choice PPOSM network, as of Jan. 1, 2021, you will also be an in-network provider for members who have the Blue Choice Select PPO benefit plan.
BCBSIL is committed to providing quality health insurance to all communities of Illinois. By expanding the Blue Choice Select PPO plan throughout Illinois, we are providing a lower-cost PPO option to members in most counties of Illinois.
Blue Choice Select on BCBSIL members’ ID cards and verify eligibility and benefits through the Availity® Provider Portal or your preferred vendor portal.
It’s important to check eligibility and benefits for each patient before every scheduled appointment. Eligibility and benefit quotes include important information about the patients’ benefits, such as membership verification, coverage status and applicable copayment, coinsurance and deductible amounts. Also, the benefit quote may include information on applicable prior authorization requirements. When services may not be covered, you should notify members that they may be billed directly.
Ask to see the member’s BCBSIL ID card for current information. Also ask for a driver’s license or other photo ID to help guard against medical identity theft. Remind your patients to call the number on their BCBSIL card if they have questions about their benefits.
*Not available in Sangamon, Lawrence, and Wabash counties
Checking eligibility and/or benefit information is not a guarantee of payment. Benefits will be determined once a claim is received and will be based upon, among other things, the member’s eligibility and the terms of the member’s certificate of coverage applicable on the date services were rendered. If you have any questions, please call the number on the member’s ID card.
Availity is a trademark of Availity, LLC, a separate company that operates a health information network to provide electronic information exchange services to medical professionals. Availity provides administrative services to BCBSIL. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors such as Availity. If you have questions about the products or services provided by such vendors, you should contact the vendor(s) directly.