BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois launches new child only health plans

Illinois Health Agents reports:

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced the launch of 2 new child-only health insurance policies: Blue PathwaySM and BlueChoice PathwaySM. These new products provide coverage for children ages 1 through 18, who do not have other major coverage available to them for purchase.

The plans are designed to give children access to affordable health insurance in Illinois and is the only child-only policy available in the state. This product also complies with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Pathway and BlueChoice Pathway are “guaranteed issue” products. Children who are eligible for these plans will be approved for coverage, regardless of their health status. Applicants must still meet any non-health related eligibility criteria and must not have other major medical coverage available to them for purchase.

2011 Initial Open Enrollment Period

Beginning on July 15th through August 15th, 2011, individuals interested in the BluePathway plans can enroll on the BCBSIL website at

Biannual Open Enrollment Periods

Beginning in 2012, enrollment in Blue Pathway will be open every January 1 to January 31, and July 1 to July 31.”