Reproductive Health Travel Reimbursement Benefit for BCBS Subscribers

The college is committed to ensuring our benefits programs are designed to support the health and safety of our employees including access to reproductive care. We have adopted an amendment to our health insurance plans for members seeking surgical or medication-assisted voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) services when access to these covered services is restricted or not available in the member’s state as a result of state law. The health plan will cover transportation (automobile, airplane, train, or bus) and lodging costs when the member must travel more than 100 miles in each direction from their residence to the nearest qualified covered provider that can furnish the covered service.

The coverage for transportation and lodging costs is available for the member who is receiving the covered service and one companion if the companion’s presence is necessary to allow the member to receive covered services.

To be reimbursed for eligible transportation and lodging costs, individuals must submit the Reimbursement Request Form to Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

This benefit was made retroactive to June 1, 2022, so that individuals may seek reimbursement for travel expenses that may have been incurred over the past few months.

If you have additional questions, call BCBS Member Service at 1-888-420-4501.

Additional Resources – find a provider – find a provider – information on telehealth appointments for self-managed abortion (also known as the abortion pill or medication abortion)

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