Friday, April 30, 2021
Extension will allow members to receive COVID treatment without cost-sharing through Dec. 31
PITTSBURGH (April 30, 2020) – Highmark has announced that members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not have to worry about paying cost-sharing such as deductibles, coinsurance and copays through Dec. 31, 2021. The health insurer had previously made the decision to waive cost-sharing for in-network, inpatient COVID-19 related hospital care through June 30, 2021. Self-funded employer groups for which Highmark administers benefits may, however, opt-out of this waiver.
Additionally, Medicare Advantage members will see no copays for COVID related hospital admissions for the duration of the public health emergency.
And as more and more members are able to schedule in-person medical appointments, Highmark’s cost-sharing waiver for in-network telehealth visits will expire as planned on June 30. The telehealth cost-share waiver will remain in effect in New York state, however, in compliance with state mandates.
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