Yes. The cost-sharing will be waived regardless of medical diagnosis. This is important given the high levels of stress or anxiety or anxiety members may be experiencing at this time.
Self-insured customers have to opt out of this waiver by March 22, 2021.
Yes. Telemedicine and virtual visits are effective ways for members experiencing mild symptoms to see a physician quickly and safely, without exposing or being exposed to others. For this reason, we are encouraging and promoting the use of telemedicine as an early line of defense.
If an individual meets CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing, the telemedicine clinician will refer the patient to a local urgent care or emergency center for immediate testing and management. We are waiving the cost-sharing for these visits to encourage members to seek care in the most effective way.
We are waiving all fees for most telemedicine services until June 30, 2021—including behavioral health sessions for those suffering from anxiety during the crisis. Telemedicine is a great way to avoid leaving home when sick and still receive medical assistance. Members should call the number for Member Service on the back of their Highmark card to find which telemedicine service is in network. The Member Service number is plan-specific and is the fastest path to correct answers about their coverage.
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