Which health insurance company is the best option for you and your family? Compare Blue Cross Blue Shield and Molina side by side.
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Blue Cross was formed in 1929 as a partnership between Baylor University Hospital and its patients who were struggling financially. The administrators of the hospital wanted to make healthcare more affordable for some patients, many of whom were Dallas public school educators on restricted budgets. The initial payment plan set up by Baylor University Hospital consisted of a 50-cent prepay each month for up to 21 days of hospitalization per year. The success of the program lead to enrollment by employees in other professions across Dallas.
Molina Healthcare was founded in 1980 by C. David Molina, an emergency room physician in Long Beach, CA. After seeing that patients were being turned away because the hospital would not accept Medi-Cal, he established his first primary care clinic in Wilmington, California in 1980. His goal was to treat the lowest-income patients. For 20 years, his son and fellow physician, J. Mario Molina, ran the company while he served as president and CEO. His younger son, John, was the CFO of Molina Healthcare. The two sons took over the company after their father’s death in 1996.
To learn more about each company, you can check out the Blue Cross Blue Shield Overview and Molina Overview.
Which health insurance company is better? We've made it easy to compare companies side by side. See how Blue Cross Blue Shield and Molina ranked among the industry ratings.
|Comparison||Blue Cross Blue Shield||Molina|
|Medicare Star Rating||3.5 stars (out of 5)|
|Market Share Percentage||14.1%|
Each state has its own Blue Cross Blue Shield app on iTunes and GooglePlay. The app allows users to find doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, view claims, pay bill, and manage prescriptions.
The Molina app allows users to find doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, view claims, and pay your bill.
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Mobile App|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield mobile app varies by State.|
|Molina Mobile App|
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield is available through participating employers for group insurance. You can also buy an individual or family plan directly from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the health insurance marketplace or you can get several free quotes here.
You can also contact 888.630.2583 to learn more about Blue Cross Blue Shield options for individuals and families or find a local BCBS company by visiting here.
Molina offers plans through the health insurance marketplace. You can begin searching plans here or you can get several free health insurance quotes here.
Each state has their own marketplace. If you’re not sure where to begin, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/. You can also schedule a personal appointment with a local Kaiser Permanente Medicare specialist: 1-866-973-4588.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
If you use a network doctor or hospital, your claims will be submitted by that provider. If you see an out-of-network provider, you need to submit the claim yourself. You must submit a completed claim form or alternative documentation via fax or mailing address. As an alternative to sending a claim form, supply a description of services, a bill of charges from the provider and any medical documents you received from your provider.
For medical and/or dental services in the U.S. Puerto Rico or the U.S Virgin islands, Use these claim forms. For anywhere else or on a cruise ship outside the U.S. use the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core international claim forms. For prescriptions inside or outside the U.S. or U.S. territories: Use these claim forms.
To submit claims for reimbursement, contact member services at 1-888-898-7969. You can only inquire about 3 or fewer claims per call. You can also submit a claim to: Molina Healthcare, P.O. Box 22668, Long Beach, CA 90801. You must make timely submissions of your claims or else you may forfeit your right to payment. For filing limits and instructions about electronic claims submissions with Molina Healthcare visit here.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
If your Blue Cross ID card is lost or damaged, you can get a replacement ID card by logging into your Blue Cross Account. After signing in, go to the right hand column and select “order new cards.”
BlueCard® is a national program that allows Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan members to get health care services while traveling or living in another Blue Plan’s service area.
You can make changes to your Blue Cross coverage during open enrollment, which usually runs Nov 1 through Dec 15th. It’s best to speak with an agent if you’ve had a qualifying event, which makes you eligible to change, drop or add coverage at any time.
Yes, Blue Cross Blue Shield offers dental plans. BCBS also offers dental + vision plans.
While complaints are common on BBB, Molina offers a competitive managed care option for Medicaid and Medicare recipients. It is generally well regarded by the underserved and lower-income communities who use it.
Molina Dual Options is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to members. This plan is also called Cal MediConnect in California.
As of January 1, 2017, Molina’s Medicaid pharmacy network no longer accepts Walgreens. Molina Medicare members, however, may continue using Walgreens. Walgreens does not participate in the Molina Marketplace pharmacy network.
Molina Healthcare covers dental services including oral surgery, x-rays, sealants, fillings, crowns (caps), root canals, dentures and extractions. It also covers a dental exam and one cleaning every six months. To find a provider, visit here and at the top of the page pick your state. At the bottom of the page you’ll be directed to an online provider directory.
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Contact Info|
|Address||225 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601|
|Phone||1 (888) 630 - 2583|
|Molina Contact Info|
|Address||200 Oceangate, Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90802|
|Phone||1 (562) 435-3666|
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