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Using Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance for Addiction Treatment

I have insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Will it cover my drug rehab?

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is a large and well known insurance provider that is accepted at many addiction treatment facilities, including some of American Addiction Centers. Coverage varies from state to state and plan to plan, and it is best to contact BCBS directly with any questions about your coverage.

How to Check Blue Cross Blue Shield Coverage

At American Addiction Centers (AAC), we offer treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring health issues. To learn more about AAC’s treatment options give us a call at , or you can verify your insurance by filling out the form below.

American Addiction Centers strives to provide you with the most updated information on each carriers’ addiction insurance coverage, but policy changes and errors do occur. Please check with your insurance carrier directly to confirm coverage levels.


“I want to thank Laguna Treatment Hospital for saving my life. I was there a couple of weeks ago for about a week and a half because of alcohol abuse. Things were getting really bad in my life and I called them to see if I could get in. They take my insurance which is Blue Shield of California. They are one of the few places that do and that was such a relief. Them being open in these dire times was so important for someone who needed help like me. I’ve never been to a detox or rehab center before and I was really scared but I was determined to get my mental, emotional and physical health back on track. I want to thank every single employee there. I cannot express how much gratitude I have for the hard work the staff puts into the long hours they work there. They listened to me and communicated when I had questions. They were kind to other patients and on top of their game. Most of the staff are recovered addicts and it gave me and a lot of other patients hope that we can get our lives back. I want to especially thank Arlene who went above and BEYOND for me with my insurance needs as it’s extremely important to be aware of. She’s a wonder case worker and human. She really gave me a lot of hope and strength. I want to also thank Mary Ann, Manny, Nick, the kitchen staff, all the speakers and case workers and Sherri the business office manger for being so helpful with my insurance issues as well. Thank you so much Laguna Treatment Hospital! I will never forget this life saving and changing experience. There’s a lot of good people that work for you. Keep them! Thank you again.”

What Is Blue Cross Blue Shield?

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association owns 36 health insurance companies, independent and locally operated, nationwide which comprise the Blue System.1

Commonly referred to as “The Blues” or “BCBS,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield have over half of all federal employees enrolled in their network, as part of the Federal Employee Program.

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s individual and family plans fall into 3 or 4 categories, depending on your state: bronze plans, silver plans, gold plans, and platinum plans. Bronze plans will have the lowest costs, while platinum plans will have the highest monthly costs. Some states will not offer the platinum category. Blue Cross and Blue Shield recommends the bronze-level plan for those who do not go to the doctor often, as it will have a low monthly payment and a high deductible.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Tiers

In summary, the tiered plans of Blue Cross Blue Shield are as follows:2

  • Bronze: This level covers around 60% of medical costs, with a low monthly payment and a high deductible.
  • Silver: This level covers around 70% of medical costs, with a slightly higher monthly payment and lower deductible.
  • Gold: This level covers around 80% of medical costs, with a higher monthly payment and low deductible.
  • Platinum: This level covers around 90 of medical costs, with the highest monthly payment and the lowest deductible.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Coverage

To see what is covered under your Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan, you can either enter the 3-letter prefix before the identification number on your member card on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s website, or you can find your company directly on the website’s listing of the 36 member companies by state.3, 1

Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a Federal Employee Program (FEP) plan for federal workers and retirees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program.4 FEP and FEHB plans offer similar benefits as other BCBS plans do with a few exceptions. You can review your benefits and learn more about the coverage you have on the FEP Blue site.5, 6

Once you’ve found your company, you can log in to check your coverage. At your local company’s website, you can find details, such as your prescription drug benefits or a list of providers in your area. As a member, you can also access the cost estimator for treatment.7

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance offers many plans specific to your state of employment. For example, employees in the state of Idaho may have a BC of Idaho plan8, whereas Tennessee residents will have a BCBS of Tennessee plan.9 These state-specific plans still utilize the nationwide BCBS network of providers, so patients are not limited to receiving care exclusively in their home state. BC of Idaho patients in need of rehab are still able to travel to states like California or Florida to receive the care that they need.

Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Cover Mental Health & Substance Abuse?

In general, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans do cover treatment for addiction, at least in part, but again, specifics are based on the individual policy you possess. Most plans cover treatment for medical detox, if determined to be necessary. This would most likely be the case for those suffering from benzodiazepine addiction, alcohol addiction, and opiate addiction. Detoxing from these substances can be dangerous and should always be monitored by medical professionals.

The type of treatment center you choose, as well as the specific professionals who treat you, will be determined by your plan. If you have an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plan, you are only covered at HMO-contracted facilities. If you have a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plan, you have the option to see a wider range of providers, and you can see an out-of-network provider at a higher rate.

As with all medical issues, oftentimes, only a portion of detox or addiction treatment is covered by insurance. It’s important to speak with Blue Cross Blue Shield to determine your exact level of coverage and learn what that means in terms of the specific dollar amount you will pay out of pocket.

The options available to you under Blue Cross Blue Shield are dependent upon your situation and the coverage you have. However, the Blue Cross Blue Shield network is quite large, meaning that those who have this particular insurance will have little trouble finding a center for treatment. The fastest way to go about finding a center for treatment is by using the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s website to search locally for providers near you.10

Verify Your Insurance


  1. Blue Cross Blue Shield. BCBS Companies and Licensees.
  2. Blue Cross Blue Shield. What is the Difference between Bronze, Sliver and Gold Plans?
  3. Blue Cross Blue Shield. Member Services.
  4. Blue Cross Blue Shield. Find the Right Benefit.
  5. Blue Cross Blue Shield. 2020 FEP Blue Focus Benefits Chart.
  6. Blue Cross Blue Shield. Home page.
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield. Estimate Your Health Care Costs.
  8. Blue Cross of Idaho. Home page.
  9. Blue Cross of Tennessee. Home page.
  10. Blue Cross Blue Shield. Choose a Location and Plan.
Last Updated on September 23, 2020
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Sarah Hardey
A Senior Web Content Editor for the American Addiction Centers. Sarah has worked with healthcare facilities across the country to create digital content for readers of all types.

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