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The Away From Home Care® (previously called Guest Membership) Program
The Away From Home Care® (previously called Guest Membership) Program
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For HMO members living away from home more than 90 days

We've Got You Covered!
Kids going to college? Dependents living in another city? Extended out-of-town business? Away From Home Care at an affiliated BlueCross BlueShield HMO may be the right choice for you. Through this arrangement, you or your family member can select a primary care physician (PCP) in the other location and receive health care coverage through a nearby HMO. This program is especially valuable if you require regular medical care.

As a participant, you will receive benefits and coverage with the ease of the other plan's member ID card--without the hassle of filing claim forms. There is no additional charge to your premium for this program.

Of course, as members of our HMO plans, you and your family are always covered for the treatment of emergency medical conditions no matter where you are. Care for non-emergency medical conditions must be approved in advance by your PCP and your plan.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for Away From Home Care at another HMO, eligible members must:

  1. Be a current member of our HMO plan who receives coverage through an employer or group.
  2. Live outside our service area for at least 90 consecutive days (this requirement does not apply to families with dependent children living in another area).
  3. Reside in an area that has an affiliated HMO. Away From Home Care does not offer coverage in all counties or states. Also, Away From Home Care does not offer coverage outside the United States.

Please note that although there are more than 200 affiliated HMOs nationwide, not all communities offer this program. To receive more information on the Away From Home Care option and to confirm an affiliated HMO's participation, please go to the "Contact Us" page for complete contact information.

For More Information or to Apply
Follow these links to:

  • Away From Home Care Program
  • Away From Home Care Guest Membership Application

Please send completed Away From Home Care applications to:

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
PO Box 22999
Rochester NY, 14692

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