COVID-19 Coverage Updates

COVID-19 Coverage Updates

Provided by BlueCross BlueShield Nebraska

We wanted to let you know of some recent updates to how we are helping our members safely get the care they need during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Effective Monday April 6, 2020, we are allowing employees and their families who previously waived coverage to enroll during a limited special enrollment period due to COVID-19. The limited special enrollment period goes through April 19 and the coverage effective date is April 1 for all limited special enrollees. 
     
  • Existing prior authorizations on prescription drugs that are due to expire are being automatically extended until May 31, 2020. New prescriptions requiring prior authorizations will continue to follow the normal process.
     
  • Recent federal legislation allows individuals to use HSA/FSA funds for the purchase of over-the-counter medical products without requiring a doctor’s prescription. 
     
  • Reminder that effective March 16, 2020, all telehealth visits with either a network provider or Amwell® will be paid at no cost share to the member. We believe making telehealth available free of charge is in the best interest of our members during an emerging public health crisis.

Please see our FAQs and refer to NebraskaBlue.com/Coronavirus for the latest information from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska about this situation. If you have any questions, please contact your account executive.