CHICAGO, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
The comprehensive steps taken by the BCBS companies mean that millions of Americans nationwide will have easier access to a range of medical services they may need should they become ill with COVID-19. The announcement mirrors the ongoing efforts of individual BCBS companies that remain committed to ensuring the better health of those in their local communities.
The full details of this coverage commitment include:
"It is important that our members feel safe and secure knowing that they are able to pursue the proper care and testing they need to protect their health during this time of concern," said Vincent Nelson, M.D., vice president, medical affairs and interim chief medical officer at BCBSA. "Whenever and wherever our members need health care related to the coronavirus, BCBS companies are right there with them."
BCBS companies have significant experience handling previous international disease outbreaks including SARS and the Swine Flu and continue to work closely with local, state and federal governments during the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that members get the information, testing and care they need.
These actions will apply to fully-insured, individual, and Medicare members of the 36 U.S. and Puerto Rico-based BCBS companies. We are committed to working with state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to ensure that beneficiaries have access to needed testing and services.
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