FAQ

Get Answers To Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • I Have a Question About Membership.

    How can I learn more about my benefits?

    You can log in to Blue Access for MembersSM 24/7 to access your benefits information or call Customer Service at the number listed on your BCBSMT member ID card.

    Are my medical records kept private? 

    Yes. We are committed to protecting your medical records, and have strict rules to make sure our staff and anyone who needs to see your records keep all your member information confidential. Your medical records or claims details may have to be reviewed. If so, precautions are taken to keep your information safe. In many cases your identity, such as name and address, will not be included in the information provided during the review.

    Has my coverage started? Can I use my health plan?

    Your first premium payment activates your coverage, so you can start using your health plan within 1–2 days of making your payment, depending on how you pay. After you've made your first payment and your coverage is activated, you can have health care expenses during that coverage gap applied to your deductible, or even get paid back for some services. In this case, the coverage gap would be the time between your requested effective date and the date you make your first payment.

    I need to get a prescription filled but don't have my member ID card yet. What can I do?

    Even if you haven't received your BCBSMT member ID card, you should have received a new member welcome letter within days of your enrollment being completed.

    Your member identification and group numbers listed on your welcome letter can be used by the pharmacy to verify your benefits. You will need to pay your first premium payment before you can use your prescription benefits.

    I applied on the Health Insurance Marketplace, but haven't heard if my application has been received and accepted. Did my coverage start on the effective date I requested?

    We receive new applications from the Marketplace exchange every day. If you applied through the exchange, it will take a few days for processing through the exchange before your application is sent to us. It then takes us about 5–10 business days to process your enrollment in the BCBSMT system. 

    If you just applied recently, we encourage you to wait to see if you receive your membership information soon. If you applied weeks ago and have not received anything from us, it is possible your application has been held up for some reason.

    If you applied on the Health Insurance Marketplace exchange or with BCBSMT online and you have not received information from us, call our Customer Service Center at 1- 800-447-7828 and we will look up the status of your application. Our call volumes are still very high, so you may have to hold for a long period before getting through. We will help you as quickly as possible.

    When will I get my member ID cards, and how many will I get?

    You should get your member ID cards in the mail soon after your application is approved. Individual and family PPO members will receive no more than 2 membership ID cards. Please note that all member ID cards will have only the subscriber name on it, but can be used by all of the dependents enrolled under the policy. HMO Individual and family plans will get a card for each member enrolled.

    You can print a temporary ID card and request additional cards through your Blue Access for Members account. You will need your member identification number and group number to log in to Blue Access for Members. These numbers can be found on the new member welcome letter you will receive within days of enrolling.

    I received my member ID cards in the mail but they only have my name on them and not my spouse's. Can I get another ID card with their name on it?

    Your member ID cards will only have the primary subscriber's name on them, but they can be used by all the dependents (in this case your spouse) enrolled under your policy.

    When will I get benefit coverage information and the contract on the plan I selected?

    Within days of your application being accepted, you will receive a welcome letter from BCBSMT that includes your member identification number and group number. This information can be used by providers and pharmacies to verify your coverage until you get your member ID card. Your ID card will be sent separately soon after.

    Your policy information is available through your Blue Access for Members account once your plan is in effect.

    I've gotten a call from someone asking me questions about my new coverage. Is this person with BCBSMT, and why are they asking these questions?

    Since you have new coverage with us, we want to make sure you understand your benefits and that we have the information we need to help you with your health care needs. We are calling to:

    • Explain how your plan works
    • Answer questions you may have
    • Tell you about some of the services we offer to help manage your care and your coverage

    We also check to make sure the information we have is correct, such as the names of everyone on your plan, your address and other details.

    The call often only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. If you have any concern that the person calling you is not with BCBSMT, ask the caller for a number you can use to call us back.

    When I try to register for Blue Access for Members, I get a message telling me it's not available. When will it be available for me to register?

    You may have received this error message during your registration for a number of reasons. Many times, the information you entered may not have matched the data in our system. Please remember to have your group and member ID numbers handy when you register. Both of these numbers can be found on your welcome letter and your member ID card. Register now.

  • I Have a Question About Buying Health Insurance.

    I missed the open enrollment deadline. Can I still buy health coverage?

    In most cases, you can only sign up for a health insurance plan during the open enrollment period. If you missed open enrollment, you may be able to enroll during the special enrollment period. To be eligible, you must have had a qualifying "life event" within the past 60 days or experienced other complications that did not allow you to complete your enrollment. Learn more about special enrollment.

  • I Have a Question About Updating My Health Plan Account.

    I bought my health plan on the Health Insurance Exchange. How can I make changes to that account or profile?

    This Contact Guide has the phone numbers and instructions you’ll need. Find the change you’d like to make, then learn where to get started.

  • I Have a Question About Payments.

    I received a letter from Equian (formerly Trover Solutions) saying they have partnered with BCBSMT to investigate my medical claim. Should I respond to the letter?

    BCBSMT and Equian have partnered to review the medical claim listed on your letter to determine if another person or insurance company should be responsible for the claim. The claim we are investigating may be for treatment you received from an injury experienced at work or from an auto accident.

    The information we are requesting is important. It could help to get back money that should be paid by someone else, like another insurance carrier. This process is one of several tools used by BCBSMT to help control rising costs of health care. Call the number on the letter to answer the claim question.

    What are my options to pay my premium?

    Here are convenient ways you can pay your bill.

    BCBSMT drafted my bank account twice. When will I get my money back?

    We sincerely apologize for our error in drafting your bank account twice for your premium payment. We had two active policies for you in our system, which pulled your records twice when the automated drafts were processed. We have corrected the error in our system, so this should not happen again. We will mail a refund check for the overpayment amount within 5 days of the error. If you don't see it soon, please give us a call. In addition, if you had overdraft fees as a result of the double billing, please contact us so we can refund these charges as well.  You can reach us at 1-800-792-8595

    I applied for a plan on the Health Insurance Exchange and also applied for a plan directly with BCBSMT, so now I'm getting a bill for both. How do I cancel one?

    We cannot process a cancellation request for an Marketplace plan. If you want to cancel your Marketplace plan, you can call the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596. If you want to cancel our off-Marketplace plan, we can process that cancellation for you. Call Customer Service at 1-800-447-7828. You can also log in to your Blue Access for Members account and send us a secure email message.

    A policy will also automatically be cancelled for nonpayment if you don't pay the premium. This may be your best option. You would simply pay the premium for the plan you want to keep and not pay the premium for the plan you want to cancel.

    Log in to your Blue Access for Members account from a desktop or mobile browser for more information about benefits, claim status and more.

     

  • I Have a Question About Logging in to Blue Access for Members.

    Problems Logging In?

    If you’re having trouble getting online access to your account using Blue Access for MembersSM, these Frequently Asked Questions may help you troubleshoot.

    What should I do if I get a login error that says my password is not recognized?

    First, click the eyeball icon after typing in your password to make sure you’ve entered it correctly.

    If you still get an error message, this is a quick and easy way to reset your password:

    1. Click Forgot Password.
    2. Enter your username. (See below if you get a username error.)
    3. Choose whether you want a one-time verification code sent by email or text message. (The code will be sent to the email or mobile phone number tied to your account.)
    4. Click Send Code.
    5. Enter the 6-digit verification code you receive and follow the directions to reset your password.
    6. When choosing a new password, keep in mind these rules…

    Password must have:

    • 8-40 characters
    • An uppercase letter and a lowercase letter
    • A number
    • A special character, like ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) [ { }

    Password can't have:

    • More than two sequential or repeating characters, like 123, ABC, CBA, 111 or AAA
    • Abbreviations for months or days, like Jan, Feb, Mon, or Tue
    • Restricted terms, like Appl, Asdf, Basic, Cadam, Demo, Focus, Game, Net, New, Pas, Ros, Sign, Sys, Tso, Valid, Vtam, Log
    • Your first or last name, or username
    • The same exact characters as any of your last 24 passwords

    Once your password has been reset, try again to log in to Blue Access for Members.

    I keep asking for the code to reset my password, but I don’t see it in my email or text messages. What can be causing this?

    • Wait a few minutes when you request a code.
    • If getting it by email, check your spam folder.
    • If you are still not getting the verification code, it may be that the email address or mobile number tied to your account was not entered correctly when you signed up for your account.
    • You may be using a different email than you used when you set up your account.
    • If you have changed your mobile number recently, it may not have been updated in your account records.

    You can call the customer service number listed on the back of your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) member ID card to make sure the right email and mobile number is linked to your account or to change your contact preferences. Or you can use our online form to update your preferences using your member ID number.

    What should I do if I get an error message when I enter my username?

    If you are unsure that your username is correct or don’t remember it, you can get your username using these easy steps:

    1. Click on Forgot Username.
    2. You’ll be prompted to enter the email linked to your account so we can send you the right username. The email address must be linked to your account. If not, you will get an error message and won’t be able to continue.
    3. The email will come from BCBSMT_noreply@bcbsmt.com and provide the username listed for your account. If you don’t see an email after a few minutes, check your spam folder.
    4. Use the exact username provided in the email to log in to your account.

    What if I forget my username?

    You can use the same steps above to have your username sent to you.

    Why am I being asked to get a one-time passcode?

    Because your account includes private health and financial information, we pledge to keep your account information safe. This passcode is a security feature we’ve added to protect your account from hackers, malicious actors and cyber threats. It is an extra step, and that can be annoying. But you will have the option to check a box when entering the one-time verification code that will allow you to skip the verification steps on that device for 30 days.

    I already registered with the Shopping Cart. Why aren't my username and password working when I try to log in to Blue Access for Members?

    Our “Shop Plans and Prices” site is a tool used to pick a plan and enroll. For security reasons, it isn't part of our member accounts system. That means you’ll need to sign up for Blue Access for Members at mybam.bcbsmt.com, as well – even if you use the same username and password.

    The link I saved and use to access my Blue Access for Members account is not working. What should I do?

    We've updated Blue Access for Members to give you a better experience, so the website address you saved may have changed. To access the new Blue Access for Members website, go to mybam.bcbsmt.com and click Sign Up or Log In within the Member Login window on the top right of the webpage. You can save the new Blue Access for Members link, but don’t forget to delete the old one.

    How do I create an account as a legal guardian?

    Go to mybam.bcbsmt.com and click Sign Up or Log In and follow these simple steps:

    1. Enter information about the policyholder (the person you are guardian of): first and last name, date of birth and the BCBSMT member ID number listed on their member ID card or on their welcome letter.
    2. Check the legal guardian checkbox.
    3. Enter your information as legal guardian.
    4. Click Continue.
    5. Enter an email address, username and password.
    6. Click Create Account.
    7. When you get an email from BCBSMT_noreply@bcbsmt.com, click the link to verify your account and complete your legal guardian account setup.

    Still Need Help Logging In?

    For technical questions about the Blue Access for MembersSM website:
    Internet Help Desk
    1-888-706-0583

    TTY, dial 711

    24 hours a day, 7 days a week

* BCBSMT has contracted with a third-party vendor, Alacriti Payments, LLC, to process your ACH/electronic check payment. In order to process this payment, you will be redirected to Alacriti's secure payment site, OrbiPay. If you have any problems with your payment, please contact BCBSMT customer service at 1-800-447-7828.