The Fund provides comprehensive medical coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) that has agreed to provide medical services to you and your Dependents at pre-negotiated rates.

You are encouraged to use PPO Hospitals and Physicians whenever possible. You will receive the maximum benefits available under the Fund when you use PPO Providers because the Fund will be paying a greater percentage of your covered expenses. Your share will also be less because those covered expenses are generally billed at a discount by the PPO.

To select a PPO Provider in your area or to find out whether your Provider is in the PPO network, you may contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, free of charge, at 1-800-810-BLUE (2583), visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois website at, or call the Fund Office at 1-708-449-7373. Have your medical ID card handy so that you can provide any information required about your Fund.