Do you have a medical background, or are you interested in working in healthcare? If so, you might want to check out the work-from-home jobs with BlueCross BlueShield. Keep reading to learn more!
About BCBS Work from Home
BlueCross BlueShield is a major health insurance network with coverage all over the U.S. It’s headquartered in Chicago, and there are several state and regional BCBS networks that fall under the big umbrella. With all these sub-organizations, there are lots of opportunities to work from home!
The available jobs are different depending on where you look, but you’ll often find telecommute jobs with some variation of BlueCross BlueShield in roles involving support work for members and physicians, government program management. and more. Most of these positions are work-at-home telecommute jobs.
People with nursing, social work, and psychology backgrounds will also see telecommute positions that typically involve things like home visits, care coordination, home health assessments, transition of care, and medical case management. Some of these positions involve travel, while others are primarily done at home.
How to Start Working from Home With BCBS
The easiest way to find information about open work-from-home jobs with BlueCross BlueShield is to create an account with FlexJobs, as pretty much all of the BCBS jobs across the country are going to be posted there and you can start your search right there on the landing page. The FlexJobs database is searchable and makes it easy to identify the jobs that you and don’t qualify for, right there in the search results page. You can also go straight to the source with the BCBS careers page, where you can pick the BCBS company in your state and check out the jobs available there. It’s a little less efficient and you can only see one company at a time, but it’ll show you everything you want to see.
Once you’ve found a job you’d like to apply for, you’ll need to check out the specific requirements for that job. Some will require 5 years of experience in nursing and related fields, but the administrative support roles have much more general requirements. Most support jobs I’ve seen only look for a year of college or the equivalent relevant experience, which tells me that you can be qualified to work at home with BCBS without having any college education at all, as long as you have some familiarity with medical terminology and electronic systems.
Once you’ve found a job you want to land, submit your application. If you feel you’re fairly “close” to qualifying but don’t meet one or two of their qualification requirements, go ahead and apply anyway! If they decide to interview you, you’ll receive a call. You can always check your application status online (you have to create an account to apply). After the interview, you’ll hear whether or not you receive a job offer.
Because the technical requirements for their work-at-home positions aren’t mentioned in any of the job descriptions that I could find or in the job application itself, you’ll need to be prepared to ask questions about these requirements during the interview. Get clear on what kind of computer or operating system you can (or can’t) use, whether you’ll need dedicated phone or internet lines, what hours or shifts will be expected of you, and anything else that has to do with the function of the role (in addition to your questions about the job itself).
Things to Note Before Applying for BCBS Telecommute Jobs
Read each job listing carefully. Some of them require specific medical backgrounds, which should be fairly easy for you to identify. But not every job that’s marked as telecommute is necessarily a work-at-home job. Some jobs are partial telecommute, some have the option to work in the office or at home at your discretion, and others involve some travel (or even significant amounts of travel). It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you apply!
If you’re working in one of the medical roles, you’ll also need to make sure you’re licensed in the state that the job covers. This goes hand in hand with jobs that aren’t fully telecommute, since the ones requiring medical backgrounds tend to involve you being face to face with the clients to do assessments, education, and support and case management.
Benefits of BCBS Work at Home Jobs
One of the biggest benefits of working for BCBS or any of its networks is the fact that — in many cases — you’ll be hired in an employee role. This means you’ll have access to things like employee benefits, paid time off, company perks (if you’re near the office and want to use the office facilities at all), and the opportunity for advancement. Some jobs are considered temporary and/or contract positions, which typically won’t be able to access all the same perks.
The other great thing about these telecommute roles is the extreme flexibility that’s built in. If you’re in a customer support role, you may be required to do shift work, but the hours tend to be fairly “normal” and don’t involve overnight shifts. As always, read each job description carefully before you apply so you know what you’ll be getting into.
Should You Work From Home With Blue Cross Blue Shield?
Reviews of the various BCBS jobs tend to be pretty favorable. Employees appreciate the flexibility most of all. Potential drawbacks are fairly consistent with the drawbacks you’ll find in any support role or phone call job, including (presumably, though never stated outright in the application materials) the need for a quiet working environment and availability outside of the tradition 9-5, Monday-Friday work week with a schedule that could potentially shift from time to time.