Identification Cards

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) offers a wide variety of health care products. Each member's/subscriber's identification (ID) card displays important information required for billing and determining benefits. When filing a BCBSTX claim, two of the most important elements are the member's/subscriber's ID number and group/plan number

Most members with coverage through a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan are assigned a three-character prefix that appears at the beginning of their unique identification number. The three-character prefix is very important to the identification number as the prefix acts as a key element in confirming the member's eligibility and coverage information. Prefixes are also used to identify and correctly route claims to the appropriate Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan for processing.

The member's network can be identified with the 3 character network value that is displayed in a red font on the front of the ID card. The network value will appear on Medical Identification cards where network benefits may apply.

  • Blue Choice PPOSM = BCA
  • Blue EssentialsSM = HMO
  • Blue Advantage HMOSM = BAV
  • Blue PremierSM = HMH
  • MyBlue HealthSM = BFT
  • Blue High Performance® (BlueHPN®) = HPN

If "TDI" is indicated on the ID Card, the member is a fully insured member and their claims are subject to Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) rules & regulations.

Identification Card Guide

Sample ID Card