The University’s medical plan is offered through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Participants have the freedom to seek care from any licensed medical provider, but they will have lower out-of-pocket costs if in-network Blue Cross and Blue Shield Preferred medical providers are used. In-network providers are hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers who have agreed to accept negotiated fees as payment in-full for services provided to plan participants.
A special feature of your plan gives you access to the national network of providers called BlueCard PPO. Each local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plan designates which of its providers are PPO providers. In order to locate a PPO provider in your area you should call the BlueCard PPO toll-free access line at 1-800-810-BLUE (2583) or visit the BlueCard PPO Provider Finder web site at http://provider.bcbs.org. PPO providers will file claims on your behalf with the local Blue Cross plan where services are rendered. The local Blue Cross plan will then forward the claims to us for verification of eligibility and determination of benefits. Assuming the services are covered, you will normally only be responsible for out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.
Click on the links below to find information on UA’s medical plan.