For 2018, we’ve been able to lower our rates for Access+ HMO®, while still offering CalPERS members one of the largest networks of providers in California. Members have access to more than 11,000 primary care physicians, more than 300 hospitals, and more than 21,500 specialists.
Blue Shield Access+ HMO plan benefits
Discover the benefits of Access+ HMO® for CalPERS, now with lower rates and one of the largest provider networks in California
We continue our quest to slash opioid use among our health plan members
As most of us are aware, opioid prescriptions in the United States have tripled since 1999, causing social and economic problems, numerous accidental deaths from drug overdoses, and five-times the hospital admissions for addictive treatments. We are in the midst of an epidemic.

In 2015, Blue Shield launched the Narcotics Safety Initiative (NSI) geared towards reducing the over use and over prescribing of opioids for pain-related treatments. Based on year-end results for 2017, we have slashed the overall consumption of opioids among members with non-cancer pain by 42% and we are on our way of hitting our goals of a 50% reduction by the end of 2018.

For more information on how the NSI is making a difference in the fight against opioids, please read the full press release.
As new enrollees, CalPERS Blue Shield members will receive everything they need to help them understand and access care with Blue Shield:

Plan members
Once CalPERS employees become a Blue Shield member, they can visit the dedicated Blue Shield CalPERS website for all the information they need. Here is where members (and HBOs) can find:
Visit the Blue Shield CalPERS site and get familiar with all the features and information! And be sure to print this HBO Flyer and keep it nearby as a handy desk reference.
Contact us
As your Blue Shield partner, we want to support you with the information you need about our plans. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us one of these ways:
  • Call Angela Annis at (916) 329-4456
  • Email the CalPERS account team at
  • Call the HBO Priority Line at (800) 837-4251