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Courage to…

Albertans are taking charge of their wellbeing. Follow along as they grow through all of life’s meaningful moments—big, small and everything in between.

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Meeting the needs of plan members displaced by wildfires

Alberta Blue Cross® is committed to ensuring our plan members displaced by wildfires in Alberta receive uninterrupted coverage. If you were evacuated and don’t have your Alberta Blue Cross® ID card, you can access benefit and account information through our member site and app.

Read more about how we are supporting our plan members.

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Results from our national travel study

According to the 2024 Blue Cross Travel Study, 58 per cent of travellers have experienced a trip disruption from cancellations, lost baggage or needing medical attention.

Protect yourself with travel insurance.

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Employee-led, employee powered

At the heart of our business, you’ll find employees who are passionate about making a difference in their community through our employee-led charity, Hearts of Blue.

Learn how Hearts of Blue gave back to our communities in the past year.

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How Alberta Blue Cross® can help

  • Personal benefit plans
  • Group benefit plans
  • Travel insurance
  • Government-sponsored programs

Personal health, dental, prescription drug and life insurance.

Flexible plans for you and your loved ones - whether you're a student, retiree, self-employed, working part-time or on a contract, we have you covered.

Affordable plans tailored for all your needs

Provincial health insurance covers some, but not all health-related costs. Go beyond the basics with a personal health plan that covers your everyday needs and extras. All plans come with access to short-term counselling services and Balance®, our online wellness program.

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Young Adult

There's now a benefit plan designed to specifically meet young adults' wants and needs, with affordable rates and guaranteed acceptance.

Learn more about the Young Adult plan®.

Blue Choice®

Blue Choice® offers comprehensive coverage and higher maximums for people 64 and under.

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Blue Assured®

Looking for guaranteed acceptance? Blue Assured® is designed to help you maintain and support your health through all ages and stages of life.

See what's covered with Blue Assured®.


Start your retirement worry-free with the Retiree plan. Enjoy coverage for health and wellness practitioners, and up to 90 days of travel coverage per trip.

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Personal Life Insurance

Take the stress out of planning for the future. Choose from Term Life Insurance for temporary coverage or Whole Life Insurance for lifetime protection.

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Not sure what plan is right for you? Answer a few questions to find the right one for you.

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Healthy employees benefit your business

Give your employees an expertly designed plan made for them—and for your business. Whether you have 2 or 2,000 employees, Alberta Blue Cross® offers flexible and cost-sustainable options. Choose from health and dental benefits, life insurance options and more to create a customized plan that meets your needs.

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Group plans for small businesses

Do you have 2 to 4 employees? This plan is for you. Benefit Plus is designed to cover your team's essential needs. Choose between basic or enhanced coverage levels.

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Group plans for any business size

Looking for customization? BlueFlex® offers increased flexibility and choice with different benefits and coverage levels to choose from.

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Benefits summary

Health, dental, drug and life coverage are included in most plans. You can tailor your plan with more options like disability, virtual care, Second Opinion®, employee assistance and Balance®.

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Plan ahead for your next adventure

Anything can happen on a trip. Whether it's a cancelled flight or an illness, make sure you have a plan that provides you with the right coverage.

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Emergency Medical Care

If you need to stay at a hospital or buy a prescription while travelling, Emergency Medical Care can help. We offer up to $5 million in coverage.

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Trip Cancellation or Interruption

Don't let last-minute changes set you back. Trip Cancellation or Interruption coverage reimburses prepaid non-refundable and non-transferable expenses, such as airfare or hotel deposits.

Find out what's included in Trip Cancellation or Interruption.

Optional Protection: Pandemic

Optional Protection: Pandemic provides coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to a pandemic.

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Visitors to Canada

Protect your loved ones during their stay in Canada. Visitors to Canada provides Emergency Medical Care up to $5 million.

See who's eligible for Visitors to Canada.

Top-Up Insurance

Are you covered for the full length of your trip? If your credit card or health benefit plan provides travel coverage, Top-Up Insurance can cover the rest.

Get details about Top-Up Insurance.

Flight Delay Service

Flight Delay Service offers you access to an airport lounge or hotel if your flight is delayed. Best of all, it's included at no cost when you buy Emergency Medical Care or Trip Cancellation or Interruption coverage.

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Baggage loss coverage

Travelling without your belongings is frustrating. Baggage loss coverage reimburses you for the cost to replace your missing, damaged or stolen items.

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Accidental Death and Dismemberment

A serious accident can happen while you're away from home. If you have loved ones who rely on your income, this optional add-on provides financial support when the worst happens.

Learn about Accidental Death and Dismemberment.

Government health benefits

Alberta Blue Cross® delivers health benefit programs on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Albertans who meet eligibility criteria can apply for the programs.

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Non-Group Coverage

This program provides affordable coverage for Albertans under 65 years old. It covers health-related services not covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). Members can choose from single or family coverage.

Learn more about Non-Group Coverage.

Coverage for Seniors

Albertans who turn 65 years old are eligible for Coverage for Seniors. This program provides premium-free coverage for prescription drugs, diabetes supplies, health services and more.

Apply for the Coverage for Seniors program.

Palliative Coverage

Palliative Coverage supports Albertans who are diagnosed as palliative. It provides coverage for health-related services not covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).

Visit Alberta Health for Palliative Coverage details.

Optical Assistance for Seniors

Optical Assistance for Seniors helps cover the cost of basic optical services for eligible low-income seniors. The program provides up to $230 in coverage.

Review the Optical Assistance for Seniors program.

Client Directed Home Care

Home care provides Albertans with personal and health care services at home.

Find providers using the Client Directed Home Care map.

Pharmacy inventory map

Looking for vaccines, medications or COVID-19 rapid testing kits? Search the map by location or product type.

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Wellbeing resources

Prioritize your wellness by inspiring joy

When talking about how we feel, we often think happiness and joy are the same. However, happiness and joy stem from different experiences.

Learn how to prioritize your joy

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Applause for the Faces of Wellness winners

For the third year, Faces of Wellness recognizes inspiring Albertans who shared their stories of wellness for a chance to win wellness-themed prizes. After reading amazing stories of physical, mental and social wellness, we found our grand prize recipient and 10 finalists.

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How do you explain insurance benefits to a patient? ›

The explanation of benefits lists the cost of your care, and how much your health insurance company will pay.
  1. “Provider Charges” is the amount your provider bills for your visit.
  2. “Allowed Charges” is the amount your provider will be paid. ...
  3. “Paid by Insurer” is the amount your health plan will pay to your provider.
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What are the benefits of your health insurance? ›

Health Insurance Benefits
  • Hospital care.
  • Visits to a primary care doctor and specialists.
  • Outpatient procedures, like surgery.
  • Laboratory tests and diagnostic services, like x-rays and mammograms.
  • Pregnancy and newborn care.
  • Preventive and routine care, like vaccinations and checkups.
  • Mental health care.

What is the best medical insurance for seniors? ›

  • Kaiser Permanente. : Best all-around policies.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield. : Best for plan options.
  • Oscar. : Excellent for competitive premiums.
  • UnitedHealthcare. : Lowest complaint rate.
  • Ambetter. : Excellent for plan types.
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What is health coverage benefit? ›

Healthy drinks are packed with nutrients. Aside from being beneficial for your immune system and digestive system, they are also good for your belly. The more nutrient-dense your drinks are, the more you'll feel full.

How do you explain insurance for dummies? ›

At its core, insurance is a form of financial protection that helps cover the costs associated with various risks—be it a car accident, a house fire, or a medical emergency.

How do I get an explanation of benefits? ›

An EOB is a statement from your health insurance plan describing what costs it will cover for medical care or products you've received. The EOB is generated when your provider submits a claim for the services you received. The insurance company sends you EOBs to help make clear: The cost of the care you received.

What is an example of a health benefit? ›

Examples include: Health insurance coverage for preventive services and screenings. Coverage for tobacco cessation and/or nicotine replacement therapy. Discounts and/or subsidies for fitness facility memberships.

What are two important reasons to have healthcare insurance? ›

Health Insurance Basics. Health insurance can help protect you from the high costs of illness or injury. It also helps you get regular health care, such as exams, preventive care and vaccines.

What is the main benefit of insurance? ›

Insurance is a financial safety net, helping you and your loved ones recover after something bad happens — such as a fire, theft, lawsuit or car accident.

Who has the cheapest insurance for seniors? ›

Senior car insurance rates may be cheapest through Geico, Auto-Owners, State Farm, USAA or Erie. Auto-Owners and Geico show the smallest increase for seniors after a speeding ticket. For seniors with a DUI, Progressive and USAA may show the least impact on car insurance rates.

What is the best health insurance company to go with? ›

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield. : Best all-around policies.
  • Oscar. : Excellent plan options.
  • Kaiser Permanente. : Lowest average deductible.
  • Cigna. : Excellent value.
  • Aetna. : Lowest premiums.
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Is Medicare free at age 65 for seniors? ›

Premium-Free Medicare Part A Based on Age

To be eligible for premium-free Part A on the basis of age: A person must be age 65 or older; and. Be eligible for monthly Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) cash benefits.

What is covered under a health benefit plan? ›

These include doctors' services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, and more. Some plans cover more services. Plans must offer dental coverage for children. Dental benefits for adults are optional.

Is health insurance worth it? ›

If you don't have health insurance, those stories can sure get you thinking, Do I need health insurance? The answer—yes! Health insurance has a reputation for being expensive and confusing, but it can also be the only thing standing between you and financial disaster if you ever need medical care.

What is a benefit package in health insurance? ›

An employee benefits package includes all the perks and benefits provided when working for a company outside of an employee's wages and salary. Some organizations offer a handful of benefits, with the basics including medical insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, a 401k, holidays, and paid time off.

How do you explain insurance to clients? ›

Sometimes, the best way to explain policy coverage is to provide examples and scenarios that illustrate how it works in different situations. For example, if your customer has a comprehensive coverage, you could explain that it covers damage to their car from things like fire, theft, vandalism, or hail.

How do you explain insurance to someone? ›

Insurance is a way to manage your risk. When you buy insurance, you purchase protection against unexpected financial losses. The insurance company pays you or someone you choose if something bad happens to you. If you have no insurance and an accident happens, you may be responsible for all related costs.

What is the best way to describe health insurance? ›

A health insurance plan includes a package of covered health care items and services and sets how much it will pay for those items and services.

What is the difference between summary of benefits and explanation of benefits? ›

In summary, the SBC is a document that provides a summary of all available benefits on your insurance plan, while the EOB is a document that explains the coverage and costs associated with a specific healthcare service.

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