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

Members in a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ HMO plan are asked to choose a primary care physician (PCP) from a network of doctors.

But do you know that as a woman you can also choose a Woman’s Principal Health Care Provider (WPHCP)?

Sometimes women want a doctor who is specially trained in women’s health issues. A WPHCP is this type of doctor. Your WPHCP can provide or coordinate your health care services.

A WPHCP might provide health care such as breast exams or Pap tests. A WPHPC also might refer you to a specialist like an obstetrician or gynecologist. 

Women do not need a PCP referral to see their WPHCP. But your WPHCP and PCP must both be affiliated with or employed by your participating Medical Group.

Want more information? Call us at the customer service number on your member ID card.