When is your child too old for the pediatrician?

As children transition into young adults, it’s important they receive the right health care services, targeted to their age. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years should start receiving primary care services from an adult care doctor.

Visit our Doctor & Hospital Finder to search for doctors, hospitals, specialists and other health care professionals who participate with your Horizon BCBSNJ plan.

Once you access the directory:

  • Select the type of health care professional you are looking for from the dropdown menu.
  • Next, select your plan from the Choose a Plan to Start dropdown menu. You can filter by specialty and/or ZIP code to narrow your search.

Your child’s pediatrician’s office may be able to recommend a participating adult care doctor in your area. Also, remember to speak with your child’s pediatrician about sending his or her medical records to the new doctor.

If you have questions about your Horizon BCBSNJ health plan benefits or need help choosing a new doctor, you can:

  • Access our Member FAQs 24 hours a day seven days a week.
  • Send us your question(s) by signing in to Member Online Services to use our secure Message Center.
  • Call Horizon BCBSNJ Member Services at 1-800-355-BLUE (2583). Our Member Services Representatives are available to help you Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), and Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., ET. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, please call the TTY/TDD line at 711.

For resources on transitioning, including answers to frequently asked questions and much more, visit gottransition.org.

Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics, gottransition.org