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

Each year, thousands of people are told they have leukemia, lymphoma, or certain immune system or genetic metabolic disorders.

Many of these patients need an umbilical cord blood or bone marrow transplant. A bone marrow or cord blood transplant replaces diseased cells with healthy ones. Cells for a transplant can come from:

  • The marrow of a donor
  • The blood of the cord that connects a baby to its mom, collected after the baby is born

Sometimes special qualities of cord blood make it a better choice of cells for transplant. Many expectant parents store their babies’ cord blood with family cord blood banks to ensure it will be available for their child or family members if needed sometime in the future. They do so because:

  • Cord blood is an exact match for the child.
  • It provides the opportunity for a family to potentially benefit from cord blood’s current uses and possible future uses.

Blue365 offers savings from CORD:USE® and CorCell® — two cord blood banks.

Blue365 is a discount program that comes with your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) medical insurance. You can save money on health and wellness products and services that are not often covered by insurance. 

To sign up and see a list of all Blue365 deals, visit Blue365deals.com/BCBSIL. First-time users will be asked to sign up. Be sure to have your BCBSIL member ID card handy.