Your ID Card
When you became a BCBSRI member, one of the first—and most important—items you received from us was your member ID card, your key to getting healthcare coverage. Simply put, your BCBSRI member ID card shows your doctor and other providers that you’re part of the nation’s most trusted health plan. Make sure you carry it with you whenever you need care, and take the same precautions with it that you would with a credit card.
Click on each highlighted section to learn what it means.
Your plan name
This is the plan you chose when you signed up for a Medicare plan.
Check to make sure it is spelled correctly.
Member ID number
Your doctor and other providers use this number when filing claims for services they provided to you.
For most plans, you must have a primary care provider listed with us because they are critical to your care. Your PCP is the center of your care and will provide referrals for tests and visits to specialists.
Don’t see a PCP listed on your card?
Pharmacy coverage information
Pharmacies will use this information when you get a prescription filled.
This number is used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees Medicare. It refers to your specific plan, such as BlueCHiP for Medicare Plus or BlueCHiP for Medicare Advance.
These are specific dollar amounts you pay when you receive these services. Example: A doctor might charge $100 for a visit. If you have a $20 copay, you would pay the doctor $20 and your insurance would pay the doctor $80.
Please note that this is not the same as the date your coverage begins. If you are uncertain when your coverage begins, you can call our Medicare Concierge Team.
Type of plan
You will see HMO, POS, or PPO listed here. That refers to the type of network your plan uses. HMO offers a coordinated network with no out-of-network coverage, except for emergencies. POS offers out-of-network coverage on most benefits. PPO offers a choice of doctors and hospitals nationwide with no referrals required.
If you have prescription drug coverage through us, you will see this symbol on your card.
If you have dental coverage through us, you will see this symbol on your card.
BCBSRI Plan Name
PCP Phone: 401-555-1212
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