New info: Blue Shield update as of 10/16/17

Yesterday, we spoke with a Blue Shield representative to try to clear up the confusion about Blue Shield’s new plan. Here is what we were told:

This will happen on January 1, 2018. If you wish to stay in your current Access+ plan, you must fill out an open enrollment form in October.

The Trio plan is slightly cheaper than Access+, although all rates will go up January.
View new 2018 rates.

The Trio network is slightly smaller than the Access+ network. It includes UCSF, but not St. Luke’s, for example. The doctors and specialists you see under your current plan may not be available under Trio. If you switch to Trio and your primary care physician is not included in the Trio network, you will have to choose a new doctor.

Check if your doctors are covered under the two plans:

• For Trio HMO:
• For Access+:

HSS is holding an informational event where you can ask questions in person. They will make presentations and answer questions about all the HSS Plans. The event is:

Wednesday, 10/18/17, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Koret Auditorium in the SF Main Library
Please call 415-229-6739 to register for this event.

You can contact Blue Shield at or call 855-747-5800.
You can also contact HSS at or call 415-554-1750.

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