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Medical Plans

SMU offers a number of PPOs (Preferred Provider Organization), which are administered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX).

Each plan covers a wide variety of medical services, including office visits, prescription drugs, and inpatient and outpatient care. Our PPO medical plans allow you to choose either in-network or out-of-network providers. Click each of the following to learn more:

  • Network Provider
  • Out-of-Network Provider

Visit the Benefits U section of the Human Resources website for more information. You will find a link in the Helpful Links section.

Exchange Visitors on a J visa as either a visiting scholar, professor, or researcher, and their dependents (J2) are required by the Department of State to carry and maintain appropriate medical coverage while at SMU.  Contact the Benefits Department for specific instructions.

Network Provider


Care provided by a provider participating in the BCBSTX PPO Blue Choice network is paid at a higher level and you usually have no claims to file.

To view the most current list of BCBSTX PPO providers, visit the BCBSTX website to access the Doctor and Hospital Finder. You will find a link in the Helpful Links section.

Refer to the BCBSTX PPO Summary Plan Description in Benefits U on the HR website for detailed information on the plan coverage.

You will find a link in the Helpful Links section.

Out-of-Network Provider


If you choose to receive care from a provider that does not participate in the BCBSTX PPO network medical benefits are lower, out of pocket expenses are higher, and you may have to file a claim to receive reimbursement for covered expenses.