Get Answers To Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Get Answers To Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Log in to Blue Access for MembersSM 24/7 to access your benefits information or call Customer Service at the number listed on your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (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.
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 member ID cards. Please note that all member ID cards will carry only the subscriber name but can be used by all 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 (BAM)SM account. You will need your member identification number and group number to log in to Blue Access for Members (BAM).
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.
Don’t worry if your ID card is lost or misplaced. We know this happens, so we’re ready to help. Find out more about your card and how to replace it.
Your trusty smartphone now safely stores your health information. Your mobile phone/device can:
Digital Member ID Cards Explained
Go digital and download the BCBSMT Mobile App now. The BCBSMT App is available for iPhone and Android users. To get the BCBSMT App, text* BCBSMTAPP to 33633 or search for BCBSMT in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
Get all the access and information you need right at your fingertips, learn more about the BCBSMT App.
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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 BCBSIL 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 MembersSM account once your plan is in effect.
Moving? Expecting a new arrival? When your life changes, let us help. Find out more about making a seamless transition.
Blue Access Members can choose how you receive communications from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. To make changes, go to your communication preferences page.
How do I update my communications preferences?
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.
Benefits advisor helps you navigate healthcare
All our health plans will cover your essential health benefits and services. That said, you’ll want to find the one best suited to you and your family’s needs. Learn more about your choices and how to make your best decision.
Getting the best answers starts with asking the right questions. You’ll want to know what you need to know before making your decisions. Find out more about how to go about seeking the best plan for you.
Taking advantage of open enrollment requires planning in advance. We can help you make your list, check it twice and be ready when the time comes to act. Learn more about how this works.
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. Learn more about special enrollment.
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.
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 could help to get back money that should be paid by someone else, like another insurance carrier. This 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.
If you’re having trouble getting online access to your account using Blue Access for MembersSM, these Frequently Asked Questions may help you troubleshoot.
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:
Password must have:
Password can't have:
Once your password has been reset, try again to log in to Blue Access for Members.
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.
If you are unsure that your username is correct or don’t remember it, you can get your username using these easy steps:
You can use the same steps above to have your username sent to you.
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.
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.
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.
Go to mybam.bcbsmt.com and click Sign Up or Log In and follow these simple steps:
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A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) is a type of health plan that gives you access to certain doctors and hospitals that have contracted with the HMO, often called a provider network or just network.
The following doctors can be selected as a PCP:
Use our Provider Finder® online directory to find a PCP in the HMO network who best fits your needs. Be sure the doctor you select is accepting new patients. It's easy to use the Provider Finder by registering for Blue Access for Members SM (BAMSM):
You must have a primary care provider assigned. If you don't select your own, we will assign one to you.
Yes. However, if the specialist is not in your plan's network, in most cases, you may have to pay for services that are considered out-of-network.
How the HMO referral process works
Yes, if your current doctor is a part of the HMO’s network. If your doctor is not in the network, you will need to select a new primary care physician (PCP). To make sure a provider is in the HMO network, search Provider Finder.
Search for an in-network doctor under your plan on our Provider Finder tool. Also:
Log in to Blue Access for MembersSM and choose your primary doctor.
In an emergency, go directly to the nearest hospital. For non-emergencies, some HMO plans allow you to get health care services from a Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated doctor or hospital when you are traveling outside of Montana. Your current BCBSIL member ID card contains helpful information for accessing health care at home or away.
If you or a covered family member will be temporarily living outside Montana for 90 days or more, you may be eligible for guest membership in a Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated HMO.
We'll work with you to provide coverage for the most appropriate care for your medical situation, especially if you are pregnant or receiving treatment for a serious illness. You may still be able to see your current provider for a brief time. Call us at the customer service number listed on your BCBSIL member ID card for more information.
Your BCBSMT HMO benefits also cover prescription drugs. Not all drugs are covered. You can visit our website to view the list of prescriptions your plan covers. This list is called a preferred drug list. To look for your medicines, you will need to know:
While costs can vary depending on your benefit plan, you usually pay less for generic drugs and more for brand name drugs. Your plan may cover some of the costs of drugs not on your preferred drug list. You can learn more by looking in your benefit book, or calling the customer service number listed on your member ID card.
If your plan offers a preferred pharmacy, save money by filling prescriptions at these places. Subscribers pay less for a 90-day supply of covered medicines in the store or by home delivery.
Usually, your health care provider will submit a claim on your behalf. If your health care provider does not submit the claim for you, you can follow some easy steps to file yourself. Contact the number on the back of your card to find out how.
You always have the right to appeal a denied claim. And you’re entitled to know why your claim was turned down. Learn more about how this works.
Why was my claim not approved?
This can be frustrating. But learning why this happened is the first step to giving yourself another chance to file your claim. Learn more about this process.
When you go to your doctor and pay your copay – you’ll get an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) after your claim is done. An EOB shows expenses from your health care provider and how the claim was processed. Charges vary according to what your plan covers and what services you receive.
If you’re covered by two health plans, your doctor may file a claim for both. Insurance companies decide which plan covers what costs. This is called Coordination of Benefits.
For more details, call the customer service number on your member ID card.
Be prepared. Learn your options before you find yourself in need of medical care, You may not know when you’ll need care but you’ll know where to go when the need arises. Find out more about the different resources available.
Don’t wait until you are sick to find a personal doctor. You’ll want the practice best suited to you and your family’s needs. Get started with some expert advice.
We build and test our webpages and apps so they work with assistive tools used by the disabled. We follow the standards set by the global Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). We also meet US law, Section 508 Accessibility Standards.
To get language or communication help (hearing or sight) free of charge, please call us at 1-855-710-6984.
Please go to our Accessibility Statement Page for more information on our accessibility efforts.
* 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 1-800-477-7828.
Last Updated: May 25, 2023