COVID-19 and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies
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BCBSA Press Release (April 2, 2020)
CHICAGO – Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies are working closely with state and local governments, as well as partners within the health care system, to address local needs from the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced that independent and locally-operated BCBS companies across the country and the BCBS Federal Employee Program® (FEP®) have decided to waive cost-sharing for treatment of COVID-19 through May 31. This includes coverage for testing and treatment administered, including for inpatient hospital stays. Participating BCBS companies will reimburse health care providers at in-network or Medicare rates as applicable and consistent with relevant state regulations.
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As part of our mission to improve and protect the healthcare system, particularly under the threat of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is focused on protecting members from fraudsters who seek to take advantage of the fear and confusion many feel surrounding the coronavirus/COVID-19 during these uncertain times. The Blue Cross Blue Shield companies partner with state and federal agencies, as well as advocacy organizations, to report, investigate and reduce the incidence of healthcare fraud.
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BCBSA Media Statement (March 19, 2020)
CHICAGO – Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association President and CEO, Scott Serota issued the following statement announcing coverage of telehealth services for members. Please check with each local Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) company for a full understanding of breadth of services since coverage may vary.
“The safety and security of our members – and of all Americans – remains our paramount priority during these unprecedented times. Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies announced a new policy regarding telehealth services that ensures members have swift access to the care needed to get and stay healthy – at no cost to them…”
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BCBSA Press Release (March 6, 2020)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Coronavirus Testing for Members and Other Steps to Expand Access to Coronavirus Care
CHICAGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced today that its network of 36 independent and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies will waive prior authorizations and increase coverage for COVID-19 as described below. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies (BCBS) will also increase access to prescription drugs, enhanced telehealth and other clinical support systems. BCBS is making these changes to ensure its members can swiftly access the right care in the right setting during the outbreak. BCBS companies also stand ready to share data and expertise with local public health departments to support the needs of communities we serve.
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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.
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