To apply for Blue Cross Blue Shield in the state of Illinois, go to the website of Blue Cross Blue Shield, enter the appropriate ZIP code for the city of residence, and find insurance options for individuals and families, employer group plans, and plans for travelers, according to BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. As of 2015, open enrollment begins Nov. 1; however, other options are available such as Short-Term Blue and Essential Blue Freedom.
Additional options include visiting the Healthcare.gov website and choosing a health insurance plan, states BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Illinois residents can purchase insurance online or by calling the company directly. Those seeking insurance can view and compare all plans currently available. The Marketplace, a federal government website, allows residents to shop, compare and purchase plans in the Illinois area.
Another option is to work directly with an insurance agent, explains BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. This allows an agent to find the plan that is best for an individual. Some individuals and families also qualify for financial assistance, which is based on family size and income. For those who aren't sure what the qualification guidelines are, a quick link on the Blue Cross Blue Shield website is available for this purpose.