Advantage Dollars
Over-the-counter and food allowance

Get the most of your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage plan benefits with Advantage Dollars. Your Advantage Dollars allowance can be used on eligible OTC and food items.

Who's eligible for this 2021 benefit?

This benefit is available to Medicare Advantage members with a BCN Advantage HMO-POS Elements, Classic, Prestige or Prime Value* plan, a Community Value plan or an HMO ConnectedCare plan and any of our Medicare Plus Blue PPO plans.

*Excludes Prime Value members who reside in the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Kalkaska, Luce, Mackinac, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Ilse, Roscommon, Saginaw, Saniliac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, Tuscola.


What you get with your 2021 allowance

You get an Advantage Dollars card pre-loaded with an allowance of $25 -$100 per quarter, depending on which Medicare Advantage plan you have. Your card can be used to purchase eligible items such as:

  • Healthy food items
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Pain relievers and fever reducers
  • Allergy and sinus products
  • Cold and flu products
  • Digestive aids
  • First aid supplies
  • Skin and sun care products

To search for eligible products, go to


How to use your Advantage Dollars card

Using the Advantage Dollars card is simple. You can purchase items at participating retailers or order OTC items by mail, phone or online through NationsOTC. Food items may only be purchased in stores. Unused amounts of your quarterly allowance don't roll over into the next quarter.

Using your card is simple

store iconVisit a participating store
apple iconShop for approved OTC and food items
dollar iconCheckout
wallet iconSwipe your Advantage Dollars card first to pay


Participating retailers include Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Family Dollar and Dollar General. For a full list of retailers visit


Place your order online at


Call 1‑866‑637‑6863 or TTY 711, to place your order.


Use this form to order by mail. Shop using this NationsOTC mail order catalog - items up to $25 or this NationsOTC mail order catalog - items up to $100. Request a printed catalog and mail order form by calling 1‑866‑637‑6863 or TTY 711. Complete and return the order from. For more information review this flier.


Related documents

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