BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan announced that its members will not have to pay out-of-pocket costs related to in-network COVID-19 medical treatment through June 1.
Those benefiting from this expansion of coverage include individual policy holders, Medicare Advantage plan members, Medicaid members and fully insured employer group customers. The companies are also working with their self-funded ERISA customers to ensure that those customers’ needs are being met.
“Because we are in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis, we wanted to further support our members during this challenging and stressful time,” president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina David Pankau said. “Removing some of the worry associated with costs was one way we could do that.”
The companies previously announced they would cover the provider visit and COVID-19 testing at no cost to members by waiving copays, co-insurance and deductibles. Both organizations also waived prior authorizations for coronavirus related conditions and treatment as well as providing access to free telehealth services for its BlueCross and BlueChoice members.
The companies encourage members to call the customer service number on their ID cards with any questions.