CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage CDHP with HSA

Introduced in 2014, the CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage CDHP (Consumer Directed Health Plan) with HSA (Heath Savings Account) offers a different means of accessing health care services for Georgetown employees and their covered dependents. For a better understanding of the different cost structure of the CDHP with HSA and how your out of pocket expenses may be impacted, look through this Georgetown-specific guide.

Some restrictions do apply.
You cannot enroll or contribute to a Health Savings Account if...

  • You, or another member of your household, enroll in a Health Care Flexible Spending Account for 2016
  • As of December 31, 2016, you have an unused balance in your 2016 Health Care Flexible Speding Account
  • You are enrolled, or plan to enroll,  in Medicare Part A or B in 2017

Yes! There are two CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage plans available in 2016: the POS and the CDHP with HSA. You can compare them side-to-side in this chart.

What's familiar?

  • The same flexible network access provided in the CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage POS plan
  • Zero copay for in-network preventive care services
  • Freedom to select any doctor- in or out of network, no referrals required by the plan

What's new?

  • Lower monthly premium
  • Higher deductible that must be met before plan benefits will begin
  • Access to a tax-advantaged Health Savings Account (HSA)* that can be used for qualified health care expenses

*An HSA is different from the Health Care Reimbursement Account (Flexible Spending Account) you may have participated in previously through Georgetown University

What is an HSA?

An HSA allows you to save dollars to pay health care expenses, now or in the future. You can set aside, tax-free, up to $3,400 for self-only coverage or $6,750 for family coverage in 2017. Your HSA is 100% vested immediately, and the account balance rolls over from one year to the next. Once your HSA balance reaches $1000, you are able to invest the money in your HSA. Review the HSA Enrollment Guide for more information. 

Accessing Care

Provider Network Access
The CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage plan provides you with different ways to access care:

  1. BlueChoice Network: Use this network when seeking in-network benefits in the DC/MD/Northern Virginia area. A more strictly defined network of local providers. Deductible and coinsurance apply.
  2. BlueCard PPO Network: Use this network when seeking in-network benefits outside of the DC/MD/Northern Viriginia area. Deductible and coinsurance apply.
  3. BCBS Participating Network (BCBS provider): Members also have freedom of choice and out-of-pocket savings received through tradional medical coverage by using BCBS-participating providers. Deductible and coinsurance apply. Over 80% of all providers nationwide participate in the BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) network. You’ll pay more, but generally less than going completely non-network.
  4. Non-Network (non-BCBS provider): Providers who do not participate in either the BlueChoice network or “par” network. Members may see a provider who is not a member of the BlueCross BlueShield network but may pay a higher out-of-pocket cost due to balance billing. Members typically must file their own claims.

Finding a Doctor
The BlueChoice network is a local network of providers. To locate a medical provider, go to CareFirst's online directory and look for providers in the "BlueChoice Advantage" network. You may also use this online directory to search for BlueCard PPO providers outside of the local area. Follow the instructions above, then click on the link for providers outside the Metro area.

Prescription Drug Plan

Participants in the CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage CDHP with HSA plan automatically participate in the prescription drug plan from CVS Caremark. You can choose between retail and mail order options. Prescription drugs are subject to the same combined deductible as other medical services. After participants have met the deductible, copays apply. If you are take maintenance prescription medication, we encourage you to investigate the mail order option. Most participants find it very convenient, and it may save you money as well.

Be aware that CVS Caremark is the new pharmacy provider for CareFirst, beginning January 1, 2014. If you have questions, you can contact the CVS Caremark customer service team at (800) 241-3371.

CVS Caremark Mail Order Prescription Form