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COVID-19 Covered Coverage Info

Addressing main questions about COVID-19 and how it is covered under your student health insurance plan when you are on-campus, home, or traveling. Each insurance company is different, so please navigate to the one that you are covered by below. You can find information about your insurance company and benefits by locating your plan brochure.

All plans have Preferred Provider Networks with hundreds of providers and hospitals around the nation that will provide the same coverage whether you are on-campus, home, or traveling. You should continue to seek in-network providers to receive the care at the lowest out-of-pocket costs.

Coronavirus Coverage

Aetna/ CVS Health:

  • Aetna will waive co-pays for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • For the next 90 days (as of 3/6/20), Aetna will offer zero co-pay telemedicine visits for any reason. Login to your Aetna Account for access and information.
  • Through Aetna’s Healing Better program, members who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a care package containing CVS over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit

https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/member-rights-resources/covid19.html

Anthem:

  • Anthem will waive co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • Anthem recommends downloading the free Sydney Care mobile app (available for download on iOS and Android) to evaluate your symptoms, and if necessary, connect you to a doctor through a LiveHealth Online video session or a Virtual Care text session right from your phone. Your LiveHealth Online visit will be at no extra cost through June 14, 2020.
  • Anthem is relaxing early prescription refill limits, where permitted, for members who wish to refill a 30-day supply of most maintenance medications early.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit

California schools: https://www.anthem.com/ca/blog

All other Anthem schools: https://www.anthem.com/blog

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts:

  • BCBSMA will waive co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
  • They will waive co-payments for medically necessary COVID-19 treatment at doctor’s offices, ERs, and urgent care centers.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • 24/7 nurse hotline (888-247-2583) is also available free to all members and offers a safe and convenient clinical resource for minor ailments or questions.
  • Telemedicine is available through Well Connection. Copays for COVID-19 related visits will be waived. Login to your BCBSMA Account for more information.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit https://home.bluecrossma.com/coronavirus

CareFirst

  • CareFirst will cover medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to COVID-19 without member cost-share.
  • CareFirst has eliminated prior authorization requirements for diagnostic tests and covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance for members diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • CareFirst is waiving early medication refill limits on 30-day maintenance medications (consistent with a member’s benefit plan) and encouraging members to use their 90-day mail order benefit.
  • 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line – Members can call 800-535-9700 anytime to speak with a registered nurse to discuss their symptoms and get recommendations for the most appropriate care.
  • CareFirst Video Visit – Members can also register for CareFirst Video Visit to securely connect with a doctor, day or night, through their smartphone, tablet or computer. No appointment is necessary.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit https://member.carefirst.com/members/pop-up/coronavirus-information-and-illness-prevention.page

CDPHP:

  • COVID-19 diagnostic tests prescribed by doctors will be covered in full.
  • There will be no prior authorization for COVID-19 testing.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • For those who think they may have COVID-19, Telemedicine is available at no cost through myERnow. CDPHP members can download the app on their smartphone, or simply call 1-800-ER-ANYWHERE to be connected to a live, emergency medicine provider, or visit cdphp.com/ERAnywhere.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit https://www.cdphp.com/members/wellness/common-health-topics/cold-and-flu/corona-virus/preventing-spread

MVP Healthcare:

  • COVID-19 diagnostic tests prescribed by doctors will be covered in full.
  • There will be no prior authorization for COVID-19 testing.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • For those who think they may have COVID-19, Telemedicine is available at no cost through myERnow. MVP Healthcare members can call 1-833-myERnow, or visit mvphealthcare.com/myERnow to be connected to a live, emergency medicine provider.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit https://www.mvphealthcare.com/covid19

UnitedHealthcare:

  • Member cost-sharing will be waived, including copays, coinsurance, and deductibles, for COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Any referral provision will be waived for COVID-19 tests and/or treatment. In the event a claim is denied for no referral, it can be appealed for reconsideration.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • UHC is encouraging members to take advantage of the Virtual Visit capability, available through the HealthiestYou mobile app. UHCSR insureds have access at no charge when it’s included with their UHCSR medical plan. For more information, go to uhcsr.com/MyAccount.
  • Optum is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19. Optum’s toll-free helpline number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit https://www.uhcsr.com/news-main

Wellfleet/ National Guardian Life:

  • Wellfleet/ NGL will cover COVID-19 testing (including ER, telemedicine, urgent care, and office visits) similar to a preventive benefit, waiving co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance for customers when treated by in-network or out-of-network providers.
  • All other treatments will be paid according to the benefits of your Policy (see Plan brochure).
  • Insureds students can use the 24-Hour Nurseline for medical advice at 800-634-7629.

For more information on the above and additional updates, visit

https://wellfleetstudent.com/student-well-being/coronavirus-faq-for-student-health-members/

If you have any further benefit questions related to COVID-19 or any medical issue, please contact the insurance company at the phone number or website located on your health insurance ID card. Stay Healthy!