Base PPO Plan (70/30) for Medicare Retirees

Base PPO Plan (70/30) for Medicare Retirees Overview

The Base PPO Plan (70/30) is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC).

A PPO plan offers:

  • freedom of choice among in-network providers and lower out-of-pocket costs (copay only for most in-network office visits)
  • strong emphasis on preventive health
  • preventive services and medications covered at 100% on this plan
  • ability to lower your copay by selecting and visiting the Primary Care Provider (PCP) listed on your ID card or another provider in the same practice (you can find instructions on updating your PCP here)

For Medicare retirees, the 70/30 PPO Plan serves as secondary coverage to Medicare. 

The State Health Plan’s Clear Pricing Project (CPP) helps members control health care costs and protects the Plan’s financial future. Learn how you can save money in 2024 by visiting a CPP provider!

Base PPO Plan (70/30) Important Documents

Medicare Primary Plan Rate Sheets

Members indicated as 50% or 100% contributory notes the percentage of the premium for which they are responsible.

Formulary Exclusion Exception Process

A formulary exclusion exception process is available for Plan members who, per their provider, have a medical necessity to remain on an excluded, or non-covered, medication. If a member is approved for the excluded drug, that drug will be placed into Tier 3 or Tier 6.

Formulary Exclusion Exception Process

Medical Policies

Although your Benefits Booklet provides a good overview of what services and products are available to you under the PPO plans, the medical policies provide detailed information around the circumstances under which certain services and products are and are not covered. Medical policies can be found here on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield website*.

* If any of the State Health Plan medical policies conflict with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina medical policies, the State Health Plan medical policies will prevail.

Prior Authorization

Certain services require prior review and certification before they can be covered by your health insurance plan. Click here for more information.


If you disagree with the way a claim has been handled, you can request an appeal or grievance review. For the complete appeals process, please click here.

Blue Connect

Visit the eBenefits page to access Blue Connect. From there, you will log into eBenefits, the Plan's enrollment system, through the appropriate portal. Once you're logged into eEnroll, you will see a Blue Connect Quick Link on the left side of your screen. Blue Connect is your online resource that can help you manage costs, make more informed health decisions and reach personal health goals anytime.