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Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are organized by topic so you can get the help you need.

Get Help with Anthem Health Guide
Find a Provider
ID Cards
Getting Care
Emergency Services
Inpatient Care
Paying for Care
Get Care Outside of California

Get Help with Anthem Health Guide

How do I contact Anthem Health Guide?

Call Anthem Health Guide, toll-free, at (844) 437-0486, Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT.

How can Anthem Health Guide help me?

Anthem Health Guide can help you:

  • Find an in-network provider.
  • Work with your doctor to coordinate care.
  • Connect with a ConditionCare nurse to help you manage a chronic condition, such as asthma, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and heart failure and improve your quality of life.
  • Connect you with Anthem 24/7 Nurse Line.
  • Review the status or outcome of a medical, behavioral health or pharmacy claim.
  • Understand your plan benefits.

Find a Provider

Your Medicare coverage is primary insurance and your UC coverage is secondary. When you have a Medicare-covered expense, Medicare first pays its share of the cost. Then the UC plan pays a portion, if not all, of the remaining cost, based on the Medicare allowed amount for that service. Medicare determines what is covered and is medically necessary. See for details.

The UC Medicare Supplement plans also pay beyond what Medicare does for certain services, such as inpatient hospital care, physical therapy and more. They also cover certain services not covered by Medicare Parts A & B, such as acupuncture, behavioral health services from providers that don’t accept Medicare (Medicare opt-out providers), hearing aids, and more.

  • To find a provider for services that are covered by Medicare Part A or B, go to to find providers near you that accept Medicare.
  • To find a provider for services that are beyond Medicare Part A or B or not covered by Medicare (but covered by the plan):
    • Go to Anthem and click on Find a Doctor, Hospital or Urgent Care (under Useful Tools).
    • Click on the plan name you want to search (e.g., UC Medicare PPO)
    • Enter the type of provider you’re looking for, such as acupuncture or behavioral health.
    • Enter your location and the distance you’re willing to travel.

You can also call Anthem Health Guide toll-free at (844) 437-0486, Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT for help.

ID Cards

Do I receive a member ID card? Do my family members receive their own ID cards, too?

Each enrolled member will receive an ID card for medical and behavioral health services. Follow these steps if you need member ID cards right away.

Getting Care

Do I need to select a PCP before seeing a specialist? How do referrals work?

You have the flexibility to see some specialists—such as a dermatologist or cardiologist—without a referral.

However, some specialists and specialty treatment centers (like ones for nephrology or infusion) may require a referral or prior authorization from your PCP before you can make an appointment.

Be prepared: When scheduling an appointment, ask if a referral and/or other authorizing information is required. Find a list of services that require prior authorization in the 2022 Benefit Booklet [PDF].

You also have the option of going out-of-network. However, to keep your medical costs down, it’s wise to use in-network specialists and specialty centers.

Emergency Services

What do I pay If I go to the Emergency Room (ER)?

There is no charge for emergency room services.

Inpatient Care

What is my cost for an inpatient hospitalization?

For hospitals that accept Medicare, facility fees are covered at 100% for the first 60 days. After that, you pay 20% of the cost.

Does my inpatient hospitalization need to be authorized before I’m admitted?

Generally, you don’t need prior authorization from Medicare for Medicare-covered services at a hospital or facility that accepts Medicare. Contact Anthem Health Guide, toll-free, at (844) 437-0486, Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT to verify if prior authorization is required.

Why did I get more than one bill for services received on the same day?

Your UC plan is based on a fee-for-service model. Members receiving certain services will typically receive more than one bill. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Laboratory
  • Radiology
  • Diagnostic services
  • Emergency Room care
  • Inpatient hospitalization

If a separate physician reviews laboratory testing, you may receive two separate bills—one for the test and one for reviewing the test.

When you have an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, EEG, EKG, stress test, etc., this will result in a bill for the test itself (the technical component) and for the radiologist or cardiologist who reads or interprets the results (the professional service).

Inpatient hospitalizations will result in one hospital bill and other additional bills for inpatient physician services.

Paying for Care

How does the deductible work?

A deductible applies to non-Medicare covered services and to Medicare covered services not paid by Medicare but paid by the UC plan. The UC plan covers your Medicare Part A and Part B deductible.

How does coinsurance work?

This is the percentage of the allowed amount for covered services you pay under the plan. Your medical plan pays the remaining percentage.

How do I avoid financial surprises when I get care?

Make sure doctors, hospitals and other health care providers accept Medicare by going to before your visit. If you’re considering a provider that does not accept Medicare, ask how much your charges will be before the visit.

Note: Providers can change regularly move in and out of the network. While we can’t control that, we can make sure the Find a Provider database is updated as soon as possible.

What is an allowed amount?

Medicare determines what is covered by Medicare and pays benefits based on the Medicare allowed amount for that service. The UC plan covers most or all of the cost after Medicare pays its share, based on the Medicare allowed amount.

What is balance billing?

There may be times when you use what Medicare calls a “non-participating provider.” Because these providers are not bound by Medicare, they can charge you more than the amount allowed by Medicare. This means you may be responsible for any costs beyond what Medicare will pay.

How do I find out when my claim is paid?

After you get medical services from a doctor, hospital or other health care provider, Medicare will send you a Medicare Explanation of Benefits. It tells you what the provider billed Medicare, Medicare’s approved amount, the amount Medicare paid, and what you have to pay. Anthem will send you a separate Explanation of Benefits that provides information about how your claim was paid, including how much you owe or will be reimbursed. 

You can also access your Health Care Summaries online by logging in to Anthem. Here are some tips on how to read your Health Care Summary. 

Get Care Outside of California

Do I have coverage while traveling or living outside of the United States?

Yes. When you live or travel abroad, you have access to health care providers for non-emergency and emergency care through Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core. You are not required to use a Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core provider, but you keep your costs down when you do.

To locate a Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core provider: