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We are closely monitoring activity around COVID-19 and are committed to helping our employer customers and members stay informed. We’re extending some of our relevant benefit dates. See the April 30, 2020, article for previous extension dates. As always, members should call the number on their ID card for answers to their specific benefit questions.
|Benefit||Effective Date||Projected End Date|
|COVID-19 Testing||3/7/20||Cost-share waiver ends with the end of HHS public health emergency|
|COVID-19 Testing-related Visits||3/18/20||Cost-share waiver ends with the end of HHS public health emergency|
|Telehealth** Cost-Sharing||3/18/20||Cost-share waiver ends 6/30/20*|
|COVID-19 Treatment||4/1/20||Cost-share waiver ends 6/30/20*|
**Effective March 10, 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) began covering telehealth “virtual” visits with in-network Illinois providers for eligible BCBSIL PPO and Blue Choice members consistent with the terms of the member’s benefit plan. This telehealth benefit option is currently available through Dec. 31, 2020.
Extensions on Telehealth Cost-sharing and COVID-19 Treatment Coverage: As we let you know on April 30, ASO decisions will be extended as BCBSIL makes extensions for fully insured members. An ASO account’s prior decision will remain in place unless the group requests a change from its account executive.
As a reminder, COVID-19 testing and testing-related visits are covered at no cost-share for fully insured and ASO members as required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act until the end of the federal public health emergency.