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COVID impact Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is extending cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 treatment for members of all fully insured group, individual, Medicare (excluding Part D), Medicare Supplement, and Medicaid plans through Aug. 31, 2020.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas made a $1 million grant to the Texas Restaurant Association’s TX Restaurant Relief Fund. Established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TX Restaurant Relief Fund provides immediate financial support to Texas’ independent restauranteurs and their employees.

This grant will be used to keep restaurant operations open and employees working, while also providing first responders across Texas with meals to show appreciation for all they are doing during this unprecedented crisis.

In addition to providing more than 150,000 meals to first responders, the BCBSTX grant will provide support to more than 100 independently owned restaurants, 670 Whataburger, and more than 220 Chipotle stores across Texas.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has made a $1 million donation to the Communities Foundation of Texas to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The donation will support nonprofits statewide providing critical services such as: personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders, childcare for first responders and healthcare professionals, and services for senior adults, including meal and grocery delivery.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is waiving member cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to treatment for COVID-19. The waiver applies to costs associated with COVID-19 treatment at in-network facilities and treatment for out-of-network emergencies. The policy is effective for treatment received April 1 through May 31, 2020.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will offer a special enrollment period (SEP) for its insured group customers. Employees of fully insured group customers who did not opt in for coverage during the regular enrollment period will have an opportunity to get coverage for their health care needs.

The SEP launched April 1 and will conclude April 30, 2020.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas as is temporarily lifting cost sharing for medically necessary medical and behavioral health services delivered through telemedicine. This applies to all fully insured members who receive covered in-network telemedicine services.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas also launched a dedicated microsite with information for members and providers on COVID-19.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will not apply co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19, and will not require preauthorization.

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