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BCBS Alpha Numeric Prefix from W2A to W9Z

BCBS Alpha Numeric Prefixes are three-character combinations of letters and numbers found at the beginning of the identification number on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance cards. They help in identifying the health plans of patients along with their insurance companies.

This blog will cover the alpha numeric prefixes ranging from W2A to W9Z and list down their applicable state, insurance company name, and type of health plans. Continue reading and let Health Quest Billing find the right alpha numeric prefix for you.

BCBS Alpha Numeric Prefix from W2A to W9Z – Latest Insights

BCBS Prefix State Company Name Types Of Health Plan
W2A New York (Northeastern) Blue-Shield of Northeastern New York HMO, EPO, POS
W2B Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois PPO, Medicare Advantage, HDHP
W2C Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W2D West Virginia Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of West Virginia EPO, HDHP, PPO
W2E Colorado Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Colorado POS, Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage
W2F Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois HMO, Medicaid, EPO
W2G Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield PPO, HDHP, POS
W2H California Anthem Blue-Cross Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W2I Virginia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Virginia EPO, Medicaid, PPO
W2J West Virginia Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of West Virginia HDHP, POS, HMO
W2K Arkansas Arkansas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W2L Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Medicaid, PPO, HDHP
W2M Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois HMO, POS, Traditional Indemnity
W2N Arkansas Arkansas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Medicare Advantage, EPO, PPO
W2O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W2P Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield POS, Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage
W2Q Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania EPO, PPO, HDHP
W2R West Virginia Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of West Virginia HMO, Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity
W2S Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Medicare Advantage, POS, EPO
W2T Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield PPO, HDHP, Medicaid
W2U West Virginia Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of West Virginia Traditional Indemnity, HMO, POS
W2V Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania EPO, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W2W Arkansas Arkansas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield HDHP, Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity
W2X Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania HMO, POS, Medicare Advantage
W2Y Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania PPO, EPO, HDHP
W2Z Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W3A Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania POS, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W3B Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin HDHP, PPO, Medicaid
W3C Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, HMO, POS
W3D Nevada Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Nevada EPO, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W3E Missouri Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Missouri Medicaid, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W3F California Anthem Blue-Cross HMO, POS, EPO
W3G Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas PPO, Medicaid, HDHP
W3H Alaska Premera Blue-Cross of Alaska Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W3I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W3J Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HDHP, Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity
W3K Alaska Premera Blue-Cross of Alaska HMO, Medicare Advantage, POS
W3L Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania EPO, PPO, HDHP
W3M Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W3N California Anthem Blue-Cross POS, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W3O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W3P New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Medicaid, HMO, POS
W3Q California Anthem Blue-Cross EPO, PPO, Medicare Advantage
W3R Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W3S Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HMO, POS, PPO
W3T Arkansas Arkansas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Medicare Advantage, EPO, HDHP
W3U West Virginia Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of West Virginia Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W3V Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia PPO, POS, Medicare Advantage
W3W New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York EPO, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W3X New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Medicaid, HMO, POS
W3Y Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania PPO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W3Z Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W4A Minnesota Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Minnesota HMO, POS, PPO
W4B Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois EPO, HDHP, Medicare Advantage
W4C Maryland/District of Columbia/Northern Virginia Carefirst Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W4D Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Pennsylvania PPO, POS, EPO
W4E Missouri Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Missouri HDHP, Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity
W4F Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Medicaid, HMO, PPO
W4G Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas EPO, POS, HDHP
W4H Rhode Island Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Rhode Island Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid
W4I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W4J Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W4K Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Medicare Advantage, HMO, POS
W4L Missouri Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Missouri PPO, EPO, HDHP
W4M Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W4N Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas POS, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W4O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W4P Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Medicaid, HMO, POS
W4Q Massachusetts Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W4R Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W4S Ohio Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Ohio HMO, POS, PPO
W4T Alaska Premera Blue-Cross of Alaska EPO, HDHP, Medicare Advantage
W4U Colorado Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Colorado Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W4V Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas PPO, POS, EPO
W4W Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas HDHP, Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity
W4X Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Medicaid, HMO, PPO
W4Y Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas EPO, POS, HDHP
W4Z Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid
W5A Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas HMO, PPO, EPO
W5B Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W5C Vermont Blue-Cross of Vermont Medicare Advantage, POS, PPO
W5D Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois EPO, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W5E Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Medicaid, HMO, POS
W5F Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia PPO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W5G Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin Traditional Indemnity, HDHP, Medicaid
W5H Alaska Premera Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Alaska HMO, POS, PPO
W5I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W5J Alaska Premera Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Alaska Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W5K Minnesota Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Minnesota PPO, POS, EPO
W5L Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Traditional Indemnity, HDHP, Medicare Advantage
W5M Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Medicaid, HMO, PPO
W5N Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois EPO, POS, Traditional Indemnity
W5O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W5P Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W5Q Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W5R Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas PPO, HDHP, Medicaid
W5S Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois EPO, HMO, POS
W5T Alaska Premera Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Alaska Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W5U California Blue-Cross HDHP, Medicaid, EPO
W5V Pennsylvania Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, POS, Traditional Indemnity
W5W Minnesota Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Minnesota PPO, Medicare Advantage, HDHP
W5X Pennsylvania Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid, EPO, HMO
W5Y Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W5Z Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W6A Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas PPO, HMO, EPO
W6B Texas Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Texas Medicaid, POS, HDHP
W6C Alaska Premera Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Alaska Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W6D Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin EPO, PPO, HDHP
W6E Ohio Blue-Cross Blue-Shield POS, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W6F New Hampshire Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New Hampshire HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W6G Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HDHP, PPO, POS
W6H California Anthem Blue-Cross Traditional Indemnity, HMO, Medicaid
W6I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W6J Delaware Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Delaware POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W6K Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W6L Delaware Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Delaware PPO, Medicare Advantage, POS
W6M New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Traditional Indemnity, HDHP, HMO
W6N New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Medicaid, EPO, PPO
W6O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W6P New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W6Q Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin PPO, POS, Medicaid
W6R New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, HMO
W6S Maryland/District of Columbia/Northern Virginia Carefirst Blue-Cross Blue-Shield EPO, PPO, Medicare Advantage
W6T Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield POS, Medicaid, HDHP
W6U New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Traditional Indemnity, HMO, EPO
W6V New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York PPO, Medicare Advantage, POS
W6W New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York HDHP, Medicaid, Traditional Indemnity
W6X Maine Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Maine HMO, EPO, PPO
W6Y New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Medicare Advantage, POS, HDHP
W6Z New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W7A Colorado Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Colorado EPO, PPO, POS
W7B Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana HDHP, Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity
W7C Alaska Premera Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Alaska Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W7D Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois PPO, POS, HDHP
W7E California Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage
W7F Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HMO, EPO, PPO
W7G Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W7H Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W7I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7J New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W7K Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W7L Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin PPO, POS, HDHP
W7M Maryland/District of Columbia/Northern Virginia Carefirst Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W7N New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York EPO, PPO, Medicare Advantage
W7O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7P New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W7O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7R Ohio Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Ohio Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid
W7S California Anthem Blue-Cross HMO, EPO, PPO
W7T Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W7U Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7V Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7W New York Empire Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of New York HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W7X California Anthem Blue-Cross HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W7Y Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W7Z Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8A Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin EPO, PPO, Medicare Advantage
W8B Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W8C Ohio Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Ohio Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W8D Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois PPO, POS, HDHP
W8E Massachusetts Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid
W8F Georgia Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Georgia HMO, EPO, PPO
W8G Georgia Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Georgia POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W8H Minnesota Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Minnesota Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W8I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8J Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8K Pennsylvania Highmark Blue-Cross Blue-Shield HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W8L Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8M California Anthem Blue Cross Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W8N Georgia Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Georgia EPO, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W8O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8P Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W8Q Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8Q Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8S Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8T Maryland/District of Columbia/Northern Virginia Carefirst Blue-Cross Blue-Shield POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W8U Michigan Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W8V Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W8W Virginia Blue-Cross Blue Shield HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W8X Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W8Y Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois PPO, POS, HDHP
W8Z Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W9A Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield EPO, PPO, POS
W9B Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana HDHP, Medicare Advantage, Traditional Indemnity
W9C Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W9D Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin PPO, POS, HDHP
W9E Pennsylvania Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional Indemnity, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid
W9F Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia HMO, EPO, PPO
W9G Georgia Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Georgia POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W9H Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W9I Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W9J Wisconsin Blue-Cross Blue-Shield HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W9K Wisconsin Blue-Cross Blue-Shield HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W9L Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W9M Illinois Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Illinois Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO
W9N Missouri Blue-Cross Blue-Shield EPO, Medicare Advantage, PPO
W9O Prefix Unallocated/Not Assigned
W9P Wisconsin Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Wisconsin Medicaid, HMO, EPO
W9Q Nevada Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Nevada PPO, POS, Medicare Advantage
W9R Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W9S Colorado Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Colorado HMO, EPO, PPO
W9T California Anthem Blue-Cross POS, HDHP, Traditional Indemnity
W9U Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, HMO
W9V Oregon/Idaho/Utah/Washington Regence Blue-Cross Blue-Shield EPO, PPO, POS
W9W Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana HDHP, Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid
W9X Michigan Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Michigan HMO, Medicare Advantage, EPO
W9Y Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana PPO, POS, HDHP
W9Z Indiana Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Indiana Traditional Indemnity, Medicaid, HMO

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, BCBS prefixes can indicate the type of insurance plan by identifying the plan, product, and account-specific details. They are key elements for routing claims and identifying the correct BCBS plan.

Yes, there are exceptions where BCBS prefixes are not used, such as in the Federal Employee Program (FEP) where IDs start with 'R' and cases where the card has no prefix at all.

No, the BCBS prefix only identifies the specific Blue Cross Blue Shield plan the member belongs to and does not indicate whether the plan is individual or group.

BCBS prefixes assist healthcare providers by identifying the patient's home plan for proper claim routing and enabling eligibility verification, which streamlines administrative tasks and reduces claim denials.

No, there isn't a universal prefix system for BCBS PPO and HMO plans; it varies by location and specific Blue Cross Blue Shield companies.