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Medical Insurance

2016–2017 Academic Year

Boston College is pleased to announce that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan has been renewed and will continue to be offered to all eligible BC students for the 2016–2017 policy year, effective August 7, 2016. The Student Blue Plan provides comprehensive health insurance that includes access to Blue Cross Blue Shield's networks and pharmacies nationwide, a fitness benefit, as well as reimbursement for designated weight loss programs and access to their "Living Healthy Naturally" discount savings program. The annual cost is $2,913. Your student account will be charged $1,301 for coverage from August 7, 2016, through January 16, 2017, and $1,612 for coverage from January 17, 2017, through August 6, 2017.

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Contacts and Questions

Enrollment, Benefits, Replacement IDs
Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171
800-394-4026
GallagherStudent.com/BC (site includes form to email questions)

Claims and Claim Payments
Blue Cross Blue Shield
BlueCrossMA.com

BCBS Preferred Providers (Massachusetts and Nationwide)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Policy Number: 4956160
http://provider.bcbs.com/

Participating Pharmacies
ExpressScripts
Express-Scripts.com

EyeMed Discount Vision Plan
866-839-3633
EnrollWithEyeMed.com

Basix Dental Savings Plan
888-274-9961
BasixStudent.com

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Premium Amounts

  First Semester
(8/7/16–1/16/17)
Second Semester
(1/17/17–8/6/17)
Student $1,301 $1,612
Spouse $3,000 $3,709
All children $2,346 $2,895

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ID Cards

Students who were enrolled in the Student Blue Plan during 2015-2016 can continue to use the ID card they received that year. New enrollees to the plan will receive an ID card, which will be sent to either the on-campus or local address that BC has on file for you. Please keep your local address up-to-date to ensure proper delivery. Carry your insurance ID card at all times. Show it to any health care provider or pharmacy before receiving care or filling a prescription.

If you need to see a doctor before you receive your ID, tell the provider that you are covered by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan offered through Boston College. You do not need your card in order to be eligible to receive benefits. Your provider can call Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk at 800-394-4026 to verify eligibility.

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Insurance Plan Benefits

Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan Coverage
The plan offers comprehensive benefits that include hospital room and board, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, lab work, x-rays, chemotherapy, radiation, inpatient and outpatient mental health, physician office and consultant visits, ambulance, and prescription drugs.

Refer to the summary of benefits (PDF) and the information available at GallagherStudent.com/BC for complete details about coverage, limitations and exclusions.

Referrals from University Health Services
A referral is not required with Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan, but there are many benefits to first seeking care or advice from Boston College's University Health Services. Visit University Health Services' website for more information.

Coverage off Campus
If you paid the premium for the entire year, you will be covered from August 7, 2016, through August 6, 2017. Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan provides the same benefits for students while they are on campus or on semester breaks, summer vacation, or study or travel abroad.

While studying or traveling abroad, keep your identification card with you and take a copy of the brochure for reference. When outside the United States, you will likely be asked to pay for your medical care first and then will need to seek reimbursement. Covered expenses will be reimbursed on a non-network basis. When you submit claims for reimbursement, you will need to have the itemized bill(s) translated into English and include a letter informing the claims administrator that you are seeking reimbursement for charges previously paid. Be sure to include your name, ID number, address (to receive your reimbursement check), and the University's name on the bill.

On Call International can be reached toll free from the United States or Canada at 800-850-4556, or visit OnCallInternational.com.

Coverage after Graduation
Boston College students insured by BlueCross BlueShield can enroll in BlueCross BlueShield's direct non-group plan after their coverage ends through Boston College's program. The number at BlueCross BlueShield is 800-422-3545 to enroll.

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