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BCBS Kansas City

Who is Blue Cross Blue Shield KC?

Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City is a branch of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Their office is located in downtown Kansas City, and serves individuals in the area. They are a health insurance carrier that provides ACA and short term plans. They have provided more than 80 years of experience with innovative and patient-centered healthcare coverage. BCBS has grown to nearly 1 million members strong today.

BCBS’s mission is to provide affordable access to  healthcare and improve their members’ health.

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History of Blue Cross Blue Shield KC

BCBS was founded in 1938 and was originally known as Group Hospital Services. They were later named Blue Cross of Kansas City. In 1950, they first introduced individual health insurance to customers. The first individual plan was in Jackson County. Later in 1965, they introduced a Medicare program to senior citizens. Kansas City BlueCross and BlueShield plans merged into one entity in 1982. The headquarters were purchased in 2003 in downtown KC, and celebrated their 65th anniversary. Today, they are continuing to create ways to make healthcare more affordable and improve the customer experience. They entered into the Medicare Advantage market as well.

 

Recent Changes with Blue Cross Blue Shield KC

  • Children’s Mercy – Hospital Hill and Children’s Mercy – South are now in the BlueSelect Plus EPO Hospital Network.
  • In 2023, there will be Standard and Catastrophic Plan Options
    • New Catastrophic Plan: This plan is qualified for people that are under 30 years old, and people 30 or older with a hardship or affordability exemption.
    • New Standard Plan: This plan will have standardized maximum out-of-pocket limitations, deductibles, and cost-sharing features that will be the same with all issuers.

 

What plans does Blue Cross Blue Shield KC have?

Blue Cross Blue Shield KC has ACA (EPO) plans, Short Term plans (PPO), and Medicare.

ACA Plans

BCBS KC has 3 different types of ACA Plans: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Plans. All plans have all in-network member cost-sharing to the out-of-pocket maximum (copays, deductibles, and coinsurance), include 100% in-network coverage of preventive services, and comply with ACA regulations. These plans are also Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) which means that there are no out of network benefits. Another benefit of all these plans are the Blue KC Virtual Care. This allows members to meet with a physician or psychologist therapist at any time. The option is available on any phone, tablet, or computer. 

Some of these ACA Plans have major benefits over other plans. One of these benefits is having access to Spira Care Centers for advanced primary care. The Blue KC Choice Silver and Bronze plans have access to these facilities. There are 9 Spira Care Centers located across the KC metro area.

Short-Term Plans

BCBS KC has 2 different types of  Short Term Plans: Up to 90 days and Up to 365 days. Before purchasing short term plans, you should understand a few things before purchasing them. The plans do not comply under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and you are responsible for applicable penalties since it does not qualify as Minimum Essential Coverage. The short term plans are underwritten, so you must qualify for these, non-renewable, and exclude pre-existing conditions.

1. Short-Term Plans up to 90 days

These plans provide limited coverage when you are in between health plans.

2. Short-Term Plus Plans up to 365 days

These plans provide limited coverage for a longer period of time when you are in between health plans.

Blue Cross Blue Shield KC also has additional programs to add value to your plans. 

  1. Blue365 – these are deals and discounts for member
  2. Rx Savings Solutions – helps members lower their pharmacy costs
  3. Diabetes Management – diabetes prevention and management services (included in Blues benefits)
  4. Virtual Care – healthcare from the safety and comfort of home
  5. Mindful by Blue KC – new and enhanced behavioral health services
  6. Healthy Companion Program – support for chronic health conditions

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What states are Apollo licensed in with Blue Cross Blue Shield?

We are licensed in 11 states with Blue Cross Blue Shield. These states include: Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Arizona, Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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