Blue Essentials AccessSM Benefit Plan

April 9, 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) introduced a new benefit plan option, Blue Essentials Access, that went into effect on January 1, 2017. This is a reminder to providers that Blue Essentials Access is an “open access” plan that does not require BCBSTX members to select a primary care provider (PCP) or obtain a referral for specialist services when the member utilizes in-network Blue Essentials providers. All other HMO plan benefits remain the same.

Additional information regarding Blue Essentials Access can be found in the Blue EssentialsSM, Blue Advantage HMOSM and Blue PremierSM Physicians, Professional Providers, Facility and Ancillary Providers - Provider Manual on our provider website under the “Standards and Requirements” section.

Below is a copy of a sample ID Card for Blue Essentials Access for your reference.

sample ID Card

If you have any further questions, please contact your BCBSTX Network Management Representative.