Health Insurers Respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Health insurers are responding to the Coronavirus threat by offering members no-cost screening and diagnostic testing.
|Anthem Blue Cross|
|Blue Shield of CA|
|Sharp Health Plan|
|Sutter Health Plus|
|Western Health |
A Nationwide Response
The American Assn. of Health Plans (AHIP) says that health insurance companies nationwide are doing the following to address the Coronavirus COVID-19:
- Covering needed diagnostic testing when ordered by a physician
- Taking action to ease network, referral, and prior authorization requirements and/or waive patient cost sharing
- Taking action so that patients have continuous access to their regular prescription medications
- Developing solutions for state and federal policymakers so that changes to preventive services, benefit design, and treatment options can help people immediately
- Partnering with doctors, hospitals, and other care providers to ensure that effective treatment is available
- Sharing information with clinicians, mobilizing network providers, and coordinating through care management programs
- Educating members on the most effective ways to prevent the spread of this disease
AHIP is encouraging the use of telehealth, at-home care, and other technology-enabled options to expand access to care and avoid potential risks of infection. Many of our carrier partners offer telemedicine as part of their plans. The CDC offers the following coronavirus fact sheets:
- What you need to know about the coronavirus disease
- What to do if you are sick with the coronavirus disease
Get more information from the Office of Public Affairs
1 Screening/diagnostic testing when ordered by the physician.
2 Aetna’s website states a 90-day window as of March 2020, but the page is posted without a start/end date. Check with Aetna before receiving services.
This information is being shared to our readers by Lisi Brokerage, one of our liaisons for health insurance. v