A Better Blue for You

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of Louisianians.

And to making Blue even better for you.

Learn more about how we're building a better Blue.

Getting to know Blue Connect (2022)

Ready to explore the benefits of your Blue Connect select network plan? As with any insurance plan, a few smart choices can help you avoid big, unexpected medical bills.

Blue Connect plan = Blue Connect HMO/POS network

ID card


- Your name will appear here.



- Used to identify you so your provider knows how to bill your health plan.



- This is where you will find Plan Description and ID Numbers relating to your Pharmacy Coverage.



- What type of network your plan has and which providers you can see who are "in-network."


Where Am I Covered?

If you are a resident of one of the parishes listed below, you are covered with Blue Connect when you visit Blue Connect doctors, clinics and hospitals. 

Visit bcbsla.com/blue-connect to find a doctor in your network.

Blue Connect map


Greater New Orleans/Northshore:
Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes

Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes

Bossier and Caddo parishes

Essential Health Benefits

Your plan covers a variety of benefits to keep you healthy. They include:

Ambulatory (outpatient) services

Emergency care services

Hospital benefits

Coverage for clinical trials

Rehabilitative and habilitative services

Laboratory services

Maternity and newborn care

Pharmacy and prescription drugs

Contraceptive coverage

Preventative and wellness services and chronic disease management

Vision and dental benefits for your children

Mental health and substance use disorder services

Schedule of Benefits

Your Schedule of Benefits (SOB) includes information about what services are covered, what's not covered and how much it will cost.
Example of Schedule of Benefits document


providers have agreed to accept a contracted (discounted) rate for your care. You'll save money by visiting a doctor or hospital in your network.


providers can charge more, which means you'll pay more when you visit an out-of-network doctor or hospital.


Shows a breakdown of what you can expect to pay for specific services if you choose to visit a doctor that is in your network versus one that is outside your network.

Prescription Drug Coverage

You can manage your prescription drug coverage by logging in at bcbsla.com/myaccount and choosing "Pharmacy" on the dark blue bar near the top of the page. Once you log in, you can:
See your drug claims Price a drug See your drug benefits Learn about your medicine Find a pharmacy File a drug claim
You can also view covered drug lists, search for drugs and find out how to save on drugs at bcbsla.com/rx.


Stay in Your Network

Control costs by staying in your network. Your plan includes both in-network and out-of-network coverage, but you will pay more when you visit an out-of-network doctor or hospital.

Be proactive about staying in your network by visiting bcbsla.com/blue-connect to find a doctor or hospital in your network. Blue Connect members have access to Ochsner Health Network (OHN) and other participating providers. While the Blue Connect product is offered only in the Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport areas, Blue Connect members may also access Blue Connect network providers located in other parishes.

Blue Connect plan = Blue Connect HMO/POS network

Pick a Primary Care Doctor

You must pick a primary care doctor in the Blue Connect network to handle most of your medical needs when you are sick or injured.
General Practice, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics (for adults), Pediatrics (for children)
Pick a primary care doctor by logging into your account or by calling Blue Cross Customer Service at the number on the back of your ID card.

Quality Blue

We are committed to providing you with affordable access to quality health care through our Quality Blue program. If your doctor takes part in this program, you are a part of it, too.

Quality Blue logo

Get Care in the Right Place

Save time and money by getting the right care in the right place. Don't go to the emergency room for a cold.

Primary Care Blue Care Telehealth Urgent Care Emergency Care


Your Online Account

Activate your Blue Cross online account quickly and easily. Once you're registered, you can manage your account, choose to go paperless, review your benefits, see your claims status, view your digital ID card, and more - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Virtual Visits: Save Time and Money with Online Doctor Visits!

Ochsner Connected Anywhere lets members with a Blue Connect plan have private, secure video visits with a health care provider from the convenience of their workplace or home. All they need is a smartphone, tablet or computer to get started. For urgent care conditions like colds, fever and rashes, employees can see a doctor 24/7 with no appointment needed. Several doctors, including Ochsner providers, are available for urgent care visits for a $0 copay when Blue Connect members with an eligible plan enter Coupon Code: CONNECT4FREE*.

Members with any Blue Connect plan can also see a licensed therapist provider for conditions like anxiety, depression, eating disorders and others. Therapy virtual visits are available by appointment seven days per week.

*Eligible plans exclude Blue Connect Savings Plus high-deductible health plans. $0 copay for eligible Blue Connect plans is a limited time offer and is subject to change without notice.

Visit ochsner.org/anywhere or download the Ochsner Connected Anywhere mobile app on your Apple or Android device
Ochsner connected anywhere
Download on the Apple Store Get it on Google Play  

Explanation of Benefits

After each visit to a doctor or hospital, we will send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). It is a summary of the charges for the care or services you received. It shows what we cover and what the provider charged or what the service cost. It is not a bill. You may choose to go paperless and get your EOBs online by logging in at bcbsla.com/myaccount and choosing "Account Preferences."
Image of example Explanation of Benefits


What the doctor, clinic or hospital charged for care.


This is your discount on care costs or what your plan paid for care.


This is what you must pay for care before your health coverage begins to pay for the parts of your care that are not covered by your plan.


This is the part of your claims you may have to pay out of pocket.

What Should You Do After Enrollment?

Congratulations! You've got health insurance. But now what do you do? Don't worry, we've got answers!

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