Blue Select® is a tiered benefit plan that features a large network of providers at a lower cost than Blue Advantage®.
- Savings over Blue Advantage while still offering broad network access
- Two tiers of in-network benefits
- Copayments for predictable costs
- Limited pharmacy network to help save you money
Blue Select is a good fit for those who want savings but also want the flexibility of access to our largest network of providers. Blue Select offers two tiers of in-network benefits in addition to out-of-network coverage. You are always free to choose providers from either tier or out-of-network, but you’ll receive a richer benefit and more savings by choosing a Tier 1 provider.
How Do Tiers Work?
We’ve taken the large network you know today and tiered its hospitals and specially selected physicians in neurology, OB/GYN, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics and gastroenterology. This tiered approach means there is a smaller number of providers available in Tier 1 for the specialties listed above.
Tier 1 provides a richer benefit and represents the hospitals and selected specialists that received our top ratings for both clinical quality outcomes, cost-efficiency and accessibility. Also included in Tier 1 are providers outside of the specialist categories listed above as well as providers located outside the state through the BlueCard® network. Tier 2 provides a less rich benefit and represents the remaining in-network hospitals and specialists that meet our standards for clinical quality outcomes, cost-efficiency and/or accessibility.1
Blue Select plans are copayment plans. They offer predictable copayments so you’ll know what to expect when paying your medical expenses.
Blue Select plans are available in silver and gold. The levels differ by how much of your medical costs a plan will pay on average. They are based on approximate values for standard medical expenses. Silver plans pay 70% and gold plans pay 80%.2 3
All plans have a maximum out-of-pocket (OOP) limit of $6,850 or less.
Blue Select offers two tiers of benefits in addition to out-of network coverage. Tier 2 providers may not have met one or more of the standards necessary for inclusion in Tier 1. ↩
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Actuarial Value and Cost-Sharing Reductions Bulletin.” http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/Files2/02242012/Av-csr-bulletin.pdf. Accessed April 29, 2013. ↩
These are approximate values with a +/- 2% variation. ↩