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Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Washington residents enjoy the choice between two Blue Cross and
Blue Shield providers: Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield.
Both these providers are committed to excellence in quality, in
service, and in integrity.
Premera Blue Cross is a regional affiliate of the American Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Association, based in the state of Washington.
The company provides service both in Washington under the Blue Cross
brand, and in Alaska, where it is known as a Blue Cross Blue Shield
affiliate. Premera Blue Cross is a major managed care provider in
Washington State. The company serves more than one million enrolled
plan members at present.
Like most Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates today, Premera Blue
Cross is the present incarnation of some local health care organizations
established some decades ago. Looking back at history, we find that
in Washington, Premera's original predecessor was founded in 1933.
After more than 70 years, Premera Blue Cross of Washington today
boasts of a contracted network of physicians and specialists that
numbers over 19,000. Their membership cards are given due honor
in no less than 100 Washington hospitals.
Premera Blue Cross offers four individual and family medical plans
to residents of Washington. All of the companyâ€™s
plans offer high-quality benefits and utilize the Premera Heritage
provider network. It offers customers a range of plan options that
suit a variety of budgets and needs. With MedicarePlus coverage,
one has the freedom to choose your doctors and hospitals. Members
can also receive care anywhere in the United States. In addition,
most plans include worldwide emergency coverage. Premera Blue Crossâ€™s
Heritage Protector Plus 20â„¢ provides catastrophic
coverage in the event of major illness or accident and preventive
care is covered up to one visit per person, per calendar year. The
Heritage Value Plus 30â„¢ plan comes as a lower-cost
option providing coverage primarily for illness or injuries. Preventive
care is not covered under this plan
Regence Blue Shield of Washington is the leading health care provider
in the state of Washington. Founded more than 80 years ago, Regence
Blue Shield has now grown into a leadership position in the Northwest.
At present, the company has in its networks more than 19,000 doctors,
specialists and facilities, busy serving more than one million members.
Regence Blue Shield of Washingtonâ€™s service area
includes 22 of Washington's 39 counties: Walla Walla, Clallam, Mason,
Columbia, Pacific, Cowlitz, Pierce, Grays Harbor, Snohomish, Thurston,
King, Wahkiakum, Kitsap, Lewis, Jefferson, Yakima, Klickitat, Skamania,
Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan Island.
Regence Blue Shield offers customers a wide choice of deductible
options and benefit packages so that they can choose a plan that
best suits their health care needs as well as their budget. Moreover,
non-smokers can save money on rates because of Regence Blue Shieldâ€™s
special non-smoker discounts. It also saves precious time for you
with its "no-paperwork" member card meaning most claims
will be submitted for you. All you need to do is present your member
card when you visit your provider or hospital and the company will
take it from there.
Address of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Washington: Premera
Blue Cross of Washington, 3900 East Sprague, Spokane, WA 99503.
Address of Regence Blue Shield of Washington:
Regence Blue Shield of Washington, P. O. Box 21267, Seattle WA 98111.