This article is intended for HMO members enrolled in an employer health insurance plan.

New treatments for conditions like diabetes and cancer are in the news. Do you wonder if you might be a candidate for a treatment that could help you? Do you wonder whether your benefits will cover it?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) stays on top of the latest medical advancements that might help you stay healthy.

BCBSIL has its own medical advisory panel. This panel studies information on new health care developments.

This information includes data from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Office of Clinical Affairs, who undertake systematic review of the medical evidence.

Our medical advisory panel evaluates advancements in:

  • Treatments
  • Services
  • Drugs
  • Medical devices
  • Other health care products

BCBSIL shares information about new health care developments with your primary care physician (PCP) and your medical group (MG)/individual practice association (IPA). Your PCP and your MG/IPA decide whether your benefits will cover the treatments or services.

Do you have questions about coverage for recent health care advancements? Please call the customer service number on the back of your member ID card.