It's an exciting time for the Gaul family.
18-year-old Ellen is heading off to college in upstate New York. It's the first time she's lived away from her parents and brother in Pittsburgh.
To prepare for her new adventure, Ellen and her parents, Chris and Karen, had a lot to do to get ready.
Ellen packed her clothes, blankets, her favorite family photos and her Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) member ID card.
Because her Highmark BCBS coverage can make the move with her to college, Chris and Karen are confident that Ellen will have access to health care when she needs it.
The Gaul family is living proof of the confidence and security that comes with coverage that goes wherever life takes you.
OPEN ON ELLEN IN HER BEDROOM PACKING FOR COLLEGE. SHE CLOSES AND TAPES A CARDBOARD BOX.
SUPER: 10:13am - Highland Park
CUT TO A CLOSE-UP ON ELLEN'S FACE AS SHE CONTINUES PACKING.
SUPER: Ellen is headed to college in New York.
CUT TO SEE ELLEN LOOKING AT PICTURE SHE TAKES FROM HER DRESSER.
SUPER: Her parents are going to miss her.
CUT TO SEE ELLEN CARRYING THE BOX SHE PACKED DOWN THE STAIRS OF HER FAMILY HOME. HER DAD GREETS HER AND CARRIES THE BOX FOR HER.
DAD: I got it…
ELLEN: I've got one more box and a suitcase.
SUPER: So they made sure she has everything she'll need.
CUT TO SEE ELLEN AND HER DAD IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME; HE LOADS THE BOXES INTO THE BACK OF AN SUV. WE HEAR HER MOM SHOUT AGAIN:
DAD: [SIGHS] Alright.
SUPER: Including their Highmark coverage.
CUT TO WIDE SHOT IN FRONT OF THE HOME AS WE SEE ELLEN'S MOTHER RUN OUT THE FRONT DOOR.
MOM: All good!
SUPER: Because when your little girl goes to school, your healthcare should go, too.
CUT TO SHOT OF THE SUV NOW DRIVING OFF DOWN THE ROAD.
VO: Choose coverage that goes across the country and around the world,
TRANSITION TO END FRAME.
VO: choose Highmark. Blue Cross Blue Shield.
LOGO: HIGHMARK® BLUE CROSS® BLUE SHIELD®
DISC: Network coverage varies by plan. Check your member materials for details.
Like generations of other satisfied Highmark BCBS members, Chris and Karen have come to trust Highmark for their health coverage. As a high school teacher, Chris has had Highmark health insurance through his employer for the past 11 years. And his coverage has always been there to meet his family's needs.
So health coverage wasn't a factor when Ellen started thinking about college.
"We didn't put limits on where Ellen could apply. After she decided where she wanted to go, we looked into her coverage," said Chris.
Because Ellen's university requires all students to have health insurance, it offers a student health plan. But Ellen and her parents didn't need to worry about changing plans. Her Highmark coverage is accepted at the clinic on her campus and at a nearby hospital.
"We're good. We're covered," Chris said. "With getting a child ready for college there is so much to think about. It's been really nice that health coverage is something we don't have to think of."
"It's a nice perk that Highmark has the ability to work out of the area."
Parents of college students like Chris and Karen have enough to worry about when it comes to their children. One thing that they don't have to worry about is whether Ellen will be taken care of if she ever has a health care need.
Having coverage that gives you access to care away from home means extra peace of mind. Highmark health plans can provide members with access to over 90% of doctors and specialists in all 50 states.
Within the U.S., Highmark members can access the BlueCard program. It connects 36 BCBS companies that have negotiated with doctors and hospitals to provide savings to members like Ellen and her family.
Before any temporary relocation or travel, it's a good idea to contact Highmark. Find out if there are any limitations to your coverage. And if you do have a health care need while away, make sure you know:
So wherever your life may take you, you can count on your Highmark coverage to be with you every step of the way.
Network coverage varies by plan. Check your member materials for details. A provider's participation status and the level of benefit available for a provider's services may vary by benefit plan design.