Insurance is something that everyone will have to deal with at one point in their life. Often it’s confusing and frustrating. I try really hard to take out the guess work and to help lead you through the process.

An insurance that can be a little confusing is one of the biggest – Blue Cross Blue Shield. Within the state of Washington, this insurance can be and is often split into two separate parts: Premera Blue Cross or Regence Blue Shield. Unfortunately for the provider (me) and for the insured (you), it often isn’t clear on the card which one is considered the insurance company to be billed within Washington state.

It’s important because only one of the two options I can take – Premera. Sadly, Regence has been closed for years claiming that there are too many providers to patients. Though that’s a post for another day.

So how in the world do you figure out which you have and thus if you can come in to see me and use your insurance? Check your most recent explanation of benefits or bill. From what I understand you should be able to tell which separate insurance handled it – Premera or Regence.

Once you have figured that out I can check your benefits if you have Premera, or I can give you the number of another place that can take Regence.

Of course if you have questions feel free to contact me!

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