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Sep 18, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CONTACT TRACING

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by a contact tracer or public health worker from your state or local health department in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease. Here’s what to know if you get a call: A contact tracer may call to let you know you may have been...
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Mar 19, 2020

MEDICARE’S EXPANDED TELEHEALTH BENEFITS

Medicare has temporarily expanded it’s coverage of telehealth services to respond to COVID-19 Medicare beneficiaries can temporarily use telehealth services for common office visits, mental health counseling and preventive health screenings. This will help ensure Medicare beneficiaries are able to visit with their doctor from their home, without having to go to a doctor’s office or hospital which puts themselves and others at risk. If you have...
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Mar 16, 2020

INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar...
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Mar 13, 2020

IRS GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS REGARDING COVID-19

The IRS released guidance on Wednesday that confirms employers may waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus testing and treatment for workers enrolled in high deductible health plans.Employers have been hesitant to eliminate cost-sharing for medical tests for COVID-19 for fear of running afoul of the law even as several states and dozens of private health insurers pledged affordable access to tests and treatment. The guidance is...
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Mar 13, 2020

BCBS COVERAGE INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS AND MEMBERS REGARDING COVID-19

We are closely monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are committed to helping our employer customers and members stay informed and educated about COVID-19 and assisting those who might be affected. With regard to treatment for COVID-19, our plans cover medically necessary health benefits, including physician services, hospitalization, and emergency services consistent with the terms of the member’s benefit plan. Members should always call...
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Mar 5, 2020

HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

You’ve likely heard about the Coronavirus (officially called “2019-Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”) in the news. While there isn’t a vaccine yet and the immediate health risk remains low, Medicare is still here to help. Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have Coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or a health care provider orders it if you get...
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