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Provider Network Information

Who are Preferred Providers?

A Preferred Provider is a doctor, hospital or other health care provider that participates in the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Network.

The advantage to using a preferred provider is that these providers have agreed to accept a predetermined fee or preferred allowance as payment for their services. Out-of-network providers have not agreed to any prearranged fee schedule. Consequently, when insured students use preferred providers, out-of-pocket expenses will be less because any applicable co-payment will be based on a preferred allowance.

The insured person should be aware that preferred provider hospitals may be staffed with out of network providers. Receiving services or care from an out of network provider at a preferred provider hospital does not guarantee that all charges will be paid at the preferred provider level of benefits.

How do I find a Preferred Provider?

To locate a BCBS of Western New York participating provider, click :

Search for BCBS of Western New York provider

Network participation is subject to change, so please verify with the provider that they are participating in the network when making an appointment or at the time of service.