Removal of Alpha Prefix from all Medicaid Insurance Cards

July 27, 2021

What’s changing
Effective Sept. 1, 2021, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is removing the alpha prefix from all Medicaid STAR, CHIP and STAR Kids member ID cards. This will not affect our members’ health care benefits. Our BCBSTX Medicaid members will receive a new ID card. Please make sure our members present this new ID card at their appointments.

    Sample New Member ID Cards with Alpha Prefix Removed
Sample of a New Member ID Card with Alpha Prefix Removed

How to submit request
When utilizing the Availity portal please submit all requests without the alpha prefix.

Out of state claims
Out of state coverage is limited to emergency care. All providers should file claims to the mailing address listed on the back of the ID card.

For questions or additional information, please contact our BCBSTX Medicaid Provider Service Center at 1-877-560-8055 or your Texas Medicaid Network team at 1-855-212-1615 or via email Texas Medicaid Network Department.