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Medical Benefits At-a-Glance
Medical Care Quick Tips

How do I locate providers within Anthem's network?

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Medical benefits at-a-glance
View the medical chart for your campus to see examples of typical health care services and how they’re paid by UC SHIP. For details on specific plan benefits, including medical plan exclusions, check out the Benefit Booklet in the “Find Docs” section of this site.

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Medical Care Quick Tips

  1. When you need care, start by visiting the student health center (SHC), except in an emergency. In an emergency, call 911 or go directly to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
  2. You need a referral for care outside the SHC. Referrals are not required for emergency room care and visits to urgent care clinics, pediatric care, obstetrics services, gynecological care and LiveHealth Online virtual visits.*

    Note for UC Hastings students: During summer months and breaks when the SHC is closed, you can visit an Anthem Blue Cross primary care clinician without a referral. However, be sure to get a referral from your primary care clinician in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer network if you need to see a specialist.
    Note for UC Irvine students: During winter break when the SHC is closed, you can visit an Anthem Blue Cross primary care clinician without a referral. However, be sure to get a referral from your primary care clinician in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer network if you need to see a specialist.
    Note for UC Merced students: You don’t need a referral to receive medical care outside the SHC or when you are away from campus. However, be sure to get a referral from your primary care clinician in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer network if you need to see a specialist.
    Note for UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara students: You must get an SHC referral for care outide of the SHC if you are within a 50-mile radius from campus.
    *LiveHealth Online virtual visits are not available for UC Irvine, Riverside and Santa Barbara.

  3. Download the StudentHealth app to keep your medical ID card handy. You will need to show your Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) ID card when you get care or prescriptions outside of the SHC. Go to the App Store or to Google play to download the StudentHealth app.
  4. Use network providers to save money on care outside of the SHC. Network providers will cost you less. Your most expensive decision would be to see a provider who is not part of the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer (PPO) network.

How do I locate providers within Anthem's network?
Anthem contracting providers can be located on Anthem’s website, www.anthem.com/ca, by following the navigational steps below:

  1. Choose Menu
  2. Select Find a Doctor in the center column labelled Care
  3. Scroll down to the section labelled Search as Guest, and choose Search by Selecting a Plan or Network
  4. Under What type of care are you searching for?, select Medical
  5. Under What state do you want to search in, select California
  6. Under Select a plan/network, click on the drop down menu, type “UCSHIP,” and click Continue
  7. On the following page, please select the details of provider specialty and location for which you would like to search.