GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Two of western Michigan’s largest health insurance providers are changing how COVID-19 care will be covered.
Michigan’s Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield both end the COVID-19 cost waiver on Thursday, September 30.
We are told that COVID-19 services will be treated like any other medical condition covered by every person’s insurance plan starting Friday, October 1.
Priority Health extended waiver for the last time back in march. The latest Blue Cross extension has arrived in February.
Both companies will continue to cover COVID-19 treatments, including vaccinations. Those covered by Priority Health or Blue Cross Blue Shield plans should expect to be required to cover co-payments and deductibles.
Priority Health published this statement on the subject:
“From the early days of the pandemic, Priority Health has waived any member cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment. As previously reported, from September 30, 2021, Priority Health will revert to standard benefits and coverage for the treatment of COVID-19. 19. Vaccines have been shown to be extremely effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19 and serious illness or death. We will continue to offer the $ 0 vaccine to all members because we believe that getting the vaccine is the most effective way for our members to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. “
Dr. James Grant, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, released this statement:
“Earlier this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network announced that we plan to continue to waive member cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment. until September 30, 2021. After that, Blue Cross and Blue Care Network will continue to cover medically necessary services while members pay the appropriate share of the costs for those services. This decision was taken and communicated in February. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is proud to be one of the first health plans to provide this temporary waiver benefit. We will always cover the cost of COVID treatment with appropriate copayments and deductibles. “
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