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Medical ID Card Basics

How do I use my medical ID card?

Video Transcript

You will receive your new medical ID card in the mail 7-10 business days after you enroll in a HealthSelect plan. 

New ID cards are not mailed out automatically every year.

You will receive a new ID card if:

  • you are a new participant,
  • you are a currently enrolled participant who has changed plans,
  • you are a currently enrolled participant whose name has changed, and
  • you are a HealthSelect of Texas® participant whose primary care provider on file with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has changed.
You will receive a separate ID card for pharmacy benefits from your prescription drug benefits plan administrator. Use this ID card when you pay for prescriptions at the pharmacy.


Note:If you are enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelect (in Texas), your ID card will show the acronym HME (see above). This indicates that you are in the HealthSelect network. It does not mean you are in an HMO. If you are enrolled in HealthSelect Out-of-State or Consumer Directed HealthSelect (Out-of-State), your ID card will show the acronym PPO which refers to the broader PPO network in other states. If you are enrolled in HealthSelect Secondary your ID card will show the acronym TRAD.

Quick Tip: You can register for Blue Access for MembersSM with your medical ID card. Download the app and register today!

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