Medical and Rx Plans
The University of Idaho offers two medical plans administered by Blue Cross of Idaho to eligible employees:
- High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) option
- Standard PPO with Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) option.
Both plans cover:
- In-network preventive care at 100%
- Prescription drugs, administered by CVS Caremark
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Both plans utilize the Blue Cross of Idaho PPO network of providers
Prescription Discount Cards, Manufacturer’s Coupons & Rebates
Using a discount card, manufacturer’s coupon or rebate may cause you to receive improper benefits and potentially even commit fraud if you accumulate expenses towards your deductible or out-of-pocket maximum that you did not actually pay out of pocket when using the University of Idaho Medical Program.
It is YOUR responsibility; you can do this by calling the customer service number listed on the back of your member ID card. All applicable claims will be re-adjudicated and you will be responsible for amounts that were incorrectly applied toward your deductible and/or out-of-pocket maximum. To advise Blue Cross of Idaho so an adjustment can be made to your deductible and out-of-pocket accumulators appropriately.
This is a traditional PPO plan. Visit any provider you wish; pay less when you visit an in-network provider.
For doctor’s office visits, you pay a copayment. For all other covered services, you must first satisfy the deductible and then pay coinsurance until you satisfy the cost-share maximum.
- View information on the Flexible Spending Accounts below.
- View PPO Summary of Benefits
A Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts help you save money on eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses. Additional information is available in Health Care Spending Accounts.
High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA)
The HDHP is an open access plan. See any provider you choose, either in- or out-of-network. However, receive discounted rates and pay less when you visit PPO in-network providers. In the HDHP, you pay 100% of covered health care expenses until you satisfy the annual deductibles. Then you pay coinsurance for covered services until you satisfy the cost-share maximum.
Prescription drugs listed on the Approved Preventative Drug List are covered at 100%, with no co-pay or deductible. To view the list log into your CVS Caremark account here. The list is subject to change. Prior authorization may be required and some strengths or dosage forms may not be included.
HDHP participants may also participate in an HSA. An HSA is an individual account you own that allows you and the university to contribute pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified, out-of-pocket medical expenses now or later — even in retirement.
An HSA combines some of the best features of a flexible spending account with those of a 401(k) plan or Individual Retirement Account. Additional information is available in Health Care Spending Accounts.
Expecting a baby? Take advantage of the Bright Beginnings Prenatal Program through Blue Cross of Idaho.
The 24-hour Nurse Advice Line is there for you when you need it most. Speak with a Registered Nurse day or night to get peace of mind about your family's health.
Through Blue Cross of Idaho's WellConnected Tools, you have the resources you need to get healthy. Start with a free health assessment, then take advantage of all of the extras that will help you live a healthier life. You have access to health trackers, digital health coaching, workshops, a health library and much more. You will need to log in to your Blue Cross of Idaho account in order to take advantage of these WellConnected Tools.