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Feel Great and Save Money: Your 2019 Checklist

Want to get the most health from your health plan?

Make it easy with our checklist! It’ll help you take advantage of the many great benefits and perks available—many at low or no cost—through your BlueCHiP for Medicare plan.

Check in on your health

  • See your doctor for a no-cost visit.
    $0 when you see an in-network primary care provider
    This visit helps you keep your health on the right track. Plus, it’s important that your doctor knows you and your medical history before you see them for a sick visit.
  • Schedule preventive screenings.
    Often $0 when you see a doctor in-network
    These screenings can find diseases in earlier, more treatable stages and, in some cases, even prevent them. Ask your doctor if you need the screenings below.

    Breast cancer (ages 50-74)
    Colon cancer (ages 50-75)
    Osteoporosis (ages 65+)

    Colon cancer (ages 50-75)

  • Have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
    $0 at in-network dentists if you have the dental coverage included in most BlueCHiP for Medicare plans

    Regular cleanings help prevent cavities, gum disease, or tooth loss. Gum disease may also worsen health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

  • Ask about routine office visits for hearing and vision.
    $0 copay at in-network providers

    Ask your doctor about having these important tests. And if you need lens or frames, be sure to use your allowance.

Get fit for less

  • Join a gym through Living Fit.
    $5 monthly at participating gyms
    Select from more than 45 local fitness centers, including YMCAs. Find a location.
  • Take classes at Your Blue StoreSM.
    $0 for all classes
    Choose from dozens of fitness classes every week, from yoga to muscle toning! RSVP for a class.
  • Have fun making healthy choices.
    $0 for the BCBSRI Well-being Program
    Track your steps, weight, calories, sleep, mood, and much more! Download the Virgin Pulse® app from the Apple App Store or Google Play* and choose Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as your sponsor. Connect your Max BuzzTM or other wearable device to track and sync steps with the app.

Save at the pharmacy

  • Use your quarterly allowance at CVS Pharmacy®.
    $25-$100, available with all plans except BlueCHiP for Medicare Core (HMO)
    Spend these funds on over-the-counter, health-related items, from cold remedies to first aid supplies. You can shop at an online store as well as 14 CVS Pharmacy locations. To learn more, visit
  • Get healthy discounts from CVS Pharmacy
    20% off CVS Brand health-related items
    You can save 20% in store on thousands of CVS Pharmacy Brand health-related items. (This discount cannot be combined with the OTC benefit.)**
  • Sign up for mail order.
    $0 on generic drugs in Tier 1 and Tier 2
    If you take prescription drugs regularly, have them delivered right to your door! Shipping is free and you’ll save a trip to the pharmacy. Enroll by calling 1-855-457-1205 to create an account or to transfer your current prescriptions.  

Video chat with a doctor 24/7

With Doctors Online, you can consult with a board-certified doctor anytime through your smartphone, tablet, or computer! This innovative service is perfect for when your personal doctor is unavailable or you can’t get into the office.

You can receive care for common, non-emergency health issues, like colds and flu, allergies, and migraines.

Create an account before you need it

  • Download the BCBSRI Drs. Online app from the Apple App Store or Google Play* or visit
  • Have your BCBSRI member ID information handy.
  • Provide your contact information.
  • Set up your user name and password.

For minor health issues, Doctors Online can cost less than an urgent care or emergency room visit.

Doctors Online $

Urgent Care Center $$

Emergency Room $$$-$$$$

*Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

**The 20% CVS discount is not a plan benefit and is restricted to items purchased for the health care of cardholder and applies to regularly priced CVS Pharmacy Brand health-related items valued at $1 or more. Excludes prescriptions and any items reim¬bursed by federal healthcare programs. Products and services subject to the Extra Care Health Card discount are neither offered nor guaranteed under Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s contract with Medicare. In addition, they are not subject to the Medicare appeals process. Purchases eligible for the ExtraCare Health Card discounts will not count toward your true-out-of-pocket (TrOOP) costs under our plan. Any disputes regarding these products and services may be subject to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s grievance process. Other pharmacies are available in our network. You are not obligated to fill your prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy by using this Value Added Service.

Virgin Pulse® is an independent wellness company, contracted by BCBSRI to provide wellness services.

In the case of an emergency, you should always call 911. Doctors Online is not intended to replace these services and should not be used in those circumstances.

Doctors Online is a telemedicine service provided by American Wel, an independent company that administers Doctors Online on behalf of BCBSRI.