Those who are insured under Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are being assured by the Blues that if they are diagnosed or treated for the coronavirus they will continue to see all cost-sharing waived until the end of March, 2021.
The insurer says it will continue to waive cost sharing for members who are diagnosed and treated for COVID-19 through March 31, 2021. The extension of a temporary benefit, originally set to expire on December 31st, ensures members will not pay out-of-pocket costs – copays, deductibles or coinsurance – for the medical care associated with COVID-19.
The temporary waiver applies to all commercial and Medicare Advantage plans offered by Blue Cross and Blue Care Network.
Members have not had to pay cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment since March of 2020 when the first cases of COVID-19 were announced in Michigan. BCBSM has paid more than $25 million to support those cost-share waivers. More than 55,000 members have had their COVID-19 treatment cost share waived through September 30, 2020, and the number continues to grow.
BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp says, “Since the early days of the public health emergency, Blue Cross has stood behind our members, removing barriers in access to care and making sure their health care is affordable.”
As an enterprise, BCBSM has put more than $1.3 billion behind a multifaceted response to the COVID-19 crisis, including more than $230 million behind COVID treatment.
The company is posting information on its blog – http://www.MIBluesPerspectives.com – and website – http://www.bcbsm.com/coronavirus — to inform customers and members of the latest on the national impact of coronavirus and provide counsel on what to do and where to seek care if members come down with symptoms.