9 Ways to Save on Health Care Costs

Here are few health care hacks to help you navigate your plan like a money-saving pro.

  1. Network Within Your Network
    Out of network providers can charge more, and their services can require a higher deductible and higher annual limit on your out-of-pocket expenses. Remember, if you have an HMO, you'll pay the full amount of going out of network. Stay in-network when possible.
  2. Be Prepared to Get Carded
    To make sure all of your benefits are up-to-date, you’ll want to have your Member ID card with you, even if it’s a temporary one printed from Blue Access for MembersSM. Incorrect or outdated information can cause delays in payment or you could be affected by changes in coverage.
  3. Urgent Care Center vs Emergency Room
    Visit an urgent care center for lower health care costs. Not only are they cheaper, but they’re generally faster and treat a variety of non-life threatening conditions such as minor cuts, burns and sprains, fever and flu symptoms, joint or lower back pain, and urinary tract infections.
  4. Convenient = Cheap
    Visit a convenience care clinic at a supermarket, pharmacy or other retail store, where a clinician can treat you for sinus infections, rashes, earaches and other routine medical conditions.
  5. Put the Super in Super-Preferred Doctors
    Various health plans provide extra incentives to use certain in-network doctors or facilities. Some doctors and hospitals may meet guidelines for having high-quality, cost-efficient care, and you may save money by paying lower co-payments or coinsurance rates if you use those doctors.
  6. Genuine Generic
    Talk to your pharmacist or doctor when it’s time for a refill. There might be other formulary or generic drugs for you that are just as effective as the name-brand versions.
  7. Be a Joiner, a Quitter and a Loser
    Sign up for special health and wellness programs and you may get extra cash or discounts on for taking a health-risk assessment, meeting a healthy weight goal, or participating in a tobacco-cessation program. Check your plan to see what’s offered to you. You can find information about wellness programs in your plan's online account in Blue Access for MembersSM (BAM), or you can call us directly at the Customer Service number on the back of your Member ID card.
  8. Under Pay for Over-the-Counter
    If you have a FSA or HSA, ask your doctor for a prescription for any medications you use regularly, such as pain relievers, allergy medications, anti-fungals and cough-and-cold medicines. Be sure to follow the plan’s process.
  9. Roll Out the Roll-Over FSA
    Some FSAs (flexible spending accounts) allow members to roll over up to $500 in the account from one year to the next. Not all employers allow this, so check your benefits when you enroll for the new plan year.

Does all this talk about saving money make you want to take a closer look at your benefits information? Awesome! Just log into BAM to get started.