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Starting July 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering new Blue Shield plans, providing more options for enrollees. These plans include the Access+ HMO Network with Platinum, Gold, and Silver metal tier options, as well as the Bronze Trio HMO 7000/70. The two most popular Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), Silver Full PPO Savings 2300/25% and Bronze Full PPO Savings 7000 plans, are also now available.

All of these plans offer benefits such as Wellvolution, Teladoc Mental Health, Nurse Help 24/7, LifeReferrals 24/7, and the Blue Card program for when members are outside of California.

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Blue Shield of California Announces Major Pharmacy Benefits Revamp

Blue Shield of California Announces Major Pharmacy Benefits Revamp

Blue Shield of California Announces Major Pharmacy Benefits Revamp

Aug 21, 2023, 3 Minute Read

Blue Shield of California has announced a major revamp in its approach to pharmacy benefits. By 2025, Blue Shield will significantly reduce its ties with CVS Health’s PBM services. Instead, it will partner with Amazon Pharmacy, Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company, and other firms to bring about potential massive savings and enhanced services for its customers. Here’s a high-level summary of the news, what it means for you, and some links to additional resources.

High-Level Summary

  1. Blue Shield is projecting approximately $500 million in annual savings on drug costs by making this move.
  2. Amazon Pharmacy will introduce fast and free at-home drug delivery and 24/7 pharmacist access.
  3. Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company will provide a simple, transparent, and more affordable pricing model, reducing surprise drug costs at the pharmacy pick-up counter.
  4. CVS will retain its role in managing Blue Shield’s specialty pharmacy services.

What This Means For You

  1. No immediate Impact. This change will come into effect in 2025, so your Blue Shield clients and their employees will not be affected just now.
  2. Stay informed. The announcement is big news in the industry. Many of your clients and their employees will hear about it. Familiarize yourself and stay current on this development so that you can answer any questions from your clients.
  3. Be the go-to advisor for your clients and prospects. The cost and availability of prescription drugs is a consistent pain point for your clients. With this change, Blue Shield is tackling the problem head on. Use this as a discussion point in your sales conversations about pharmacy benefits.

We will continue to keep you updated on this development. Contact us with any questions at 800.696.4543 or

Additional Resources

Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield’s New Partners


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Small Business Incentive Program

Renewal Rewards Program
Blue Shield increased the points earned for every new membership in Tandem PPO and Virtual Blue PPO plans. You can earn:

Bundled Saving Program
The 10% specialty discount is a perpetual program that is applied when a dental and/or vision plan is added to a new or existing small business medical group.

Relaxed Participation Promotion
The Relaxed Participation Promotion was extended through December 31, 2023.

More information and plan summaries can be found in Blue Shield’s Q4-2023 Medical Sales Guide and Specialty Sales Guide.

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