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Plan Providers & Covered Services

What are “providers”?

“Providers” is the term we use for doctors, other health care professionals, hospitals, and other health care facilities that are licensed by the state and as appropriate eligible to receive payment from Medicare.

What are “network providers”?

A provider is a “network provider” when they participate in our Plan. When we say that network providers “participate in our Plan,” this means that we have arranged with them (for example, by contracting with them) to coordinate or provide covered services to members in our Plan. Network providers may also be referred to as “plan providers”.

What are “covered services”?

“Covered services” is the term we use for all the medical care, health care services, supplies, and equipment that are covered by our Plan. Covered services are listed in the Benefits Chart in the Evidence of Coverage.

Providers you can use to get services covered by our Plan

While you are a member of our Plan, you must use our network providers to get your covered services except in limited cases such as emergency care, urgently needed care when our network is not available, or out of service area dialysis. We list the providers that participate with our Plan in our provider directory. If you get non-emergency care from non-plan (out-of-network) providers without prior authorization you must pay the entire cost yourself, unless the services are urgent and our network is not available, or the services are out-of-area dialysis services. If an out-of-network provider sends you a bill that you think we should pay for emergency services, please contact Customer Service or send the bill to us for payment.

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