Understanding Your ID Card

  • Your Passport to Care

    Always carry your Premera member ID card and show it to physicians, other providers and pharmacists whenever you need care or prescriptions.

    To help ensure that your claims are paid properly, encourage your providers to make a copy of the front and back of your card each time you visit.

    Here you can learn what each item on your ID card means. You can also download a copy of the Your Card, Your Health Brochure.

    If you need to order a replacement ID card, log in to our secure member site.

    Understanding Your ID card

    Please Note: This is a sample ID card. Your card may vary, depending on your plan.

    Front of ID Card


    1. Member. The person eligible for covered services.
    2. Prefix. These three letters are necessary for processing your claims.
    3. Identification #. Helps us verify your eligibility and coverage when you call Customer Service. The three letters preceding your identification number are required for processing your claims.
    4. Suffix. This number indicates the member’s relationship to the subscriber.
    5. Group #. Identifies the benefits of your paticular plan.
    6. RX Group # and Bin #. Pharmacists use this number to process your prescriptions.
    7. BCBS, This number (on the same line as your Group number) helps your claims get processed through Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans when you're outside Washington or Alaska.
    8. Date Printed. The day your card was issued.
    9. Rx symbol. Indicates that you have prescription coverage.
    10. Medical Network. Name of your health care provider network.
    11. Dental. Name of your dental plan, if applicable.
    12. Office visit copay. Amount you pay on the day you see your provider.
    13. Emergency room (copay). Amount you pay on the day you receive emergency room services.
    14. Retail RX (copay). Amount you pay for any prescription (up to a 30-day supply) when you visit a participating pharmacy.
      • $10 indicates the amount for the least expensive, generic drugs
      • $25 indicates the amount for preferred brand drugs
      • $45 indicates the amount for the most expensive, non-preferred drugs
      • A fourth dollar figure (if displayed) indicates the amount for specialty drugs.
    15. Please note: Some health plans include preferred and non-preferred brands in the second level of coverage.
    16. Mail-Order Rx (Copay). The amounts you pay for any prescription (up to a 90-day supply) when you use the Express Scripts Home Delivery. The amount varies by the type of drug as described in the Retail Pharmacy description above. Find out more about taking advantage of this convenient service.
    17. This suitcase symbol indicates that your plan participates in the BlueCard Program, which means you receive certain levels of health-care benefits wherever you live or travel, across the country and worldwide. If the suitcase symbol contains the letters PPO, your health plan uses the BlueCard PPO program.

    Back of ID Card


    1. Members. Helpful instructions for using your health plan
    2. Phone numbers. All the numbers you need get information or access care.
    3. Provider section. Important information for providers, including the claims submission address.
    4. This logo tells your pharmacists where to send your claim for processing.