Health insurance

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Waiving Member Cost-Sharing to Ease Access to Care Related COVID-19

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:41pm

RICHARDSON, Texas, April 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --In a move to ease administrative requirements so members can more easily get access to the care they need, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced it is waiving member cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to treatment for COVID-19.

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  • RICHARDSON, Texas, April 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --In a move to ease administrative requirements so members can more easily get access to the care they need, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced it is waiving member cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to treatment for COVID-19.
  • That's why it's important for us to make necessary policy changes like waiving member cost-sharing to give our members access to care related to COVID-19."
  • BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans inTexas,Illinois,Montana,OklahomaandNew Mexico), the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall.
  • Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Waives Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:30pm

EAGAN, Minn., April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), the state's leading health insurer, is increasing medical access and financial protection for its members by waiving all patient costs related to in-network COVID-19 treatment and care, including hospitalization.

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  • EAGAN, Minn., April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), the state's leading health insurer, is increasing medical access and financial protection for its members by waiving all patient costs related to in-network COVID-19 treatment and care, including hospitalization.
  • Self-insured employers will have the flexibility to direct Blue Cross to administer the same change within their uniquely designed health benefit plans.
  • "Blue Cross wants our members to know we're here to support them through this pandemic," said Dr. Craig Samitt, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Plus are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

Competitive Landscape of Private Healthcare Insurance Industry

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 3:30pm

NEW YORK, April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Three type of plans are generally available in the private healthcare insurance market medical insurance, income protection, and disease insurance.

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  • NEW YORK, April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Three type of plans are generally available in the private healthcare insurance market medical insurance, income protection, and disease insurance.
  • Similarly, the medical insurance plans offered by the private healthcare insurance industry players reimburse a part of the several costs incurred, such as those for hospital beds, ambulatory patient services, and emergency services.
  • Similarly, in Europe, the private healthcare insurance industry is growing on account of the increasing pool of patients with chronic diseases.
  • In the coming years, the growth of the private healthcare insurance market would be the most rapid in Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Blue Shield of California Will Help Reduce Costs for Members During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 4:21am

The tax-paying, nonprofit company serves more than 4.4 million members in California with a variety of different types of health insurance plans.

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  • The tax-paying, nonprofit company serves more than 4.4 million members in California with a variety of different types of health insurance plans.
  • For members who are having difficulty paying their monthly premiums, the company is offering a variety of ways to help.
  • Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with over 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue.
  • The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

Health Care Service Corporation Launches Special Enrollment Period for Some Employers

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 11:19pm

CHICAGO, April 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) announced it will offer a special enrollment period for its insured group customers.

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  • CHICAGO, April 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) announced it will offer a special enrollment period for its insured group customers.
  • The special open enrollment period begins April 1 and will end April 30, 2020.
  • We are stepping up to help meet the health care coverage needs of as many people as possible by opening up a special enrollment period."
  • Health Care Service Corporation is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fifth largest health insurer overall, with nearly 16 million members in its health plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members will have COVID-19 testing and treatment provided at no cost

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 10:31pm

Detroit, April 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are expanding coverage for services related to COVID-19 waiving all member copays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

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  • Detroit, April 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are expanding coverage for services related to COVID-19 waiving all member copays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
  • In these incredibly difficult times, if our members contract COVID-19, Blue Cross will stand behind them all the way, said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO, Daniel J. Loepp.
  • Blue Cross will cover, with no member cost share, all COVID-19 treatment provided to members on an inpatient or outpatient basis, from both in-network and out-of-network providers.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.Blue Crossprovides and administers health benefits to more than 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state.

Sendero Health Plans becomes first Austin area affordable care act health plan to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:24pm

The move makes Sendero the first area affordable care act health plan to waive cost-sharing for treatment and comes as the company also recently waived copayments for in-network doctor visits and lab costs to screen for the disease.

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  • The move makes Sendero the first area affordable care act health plan to waive cost-sharing for treatment and comes as the company also recently waived copayments for in-network doctor visits and lab costs to screen for the disease.
  • "As a community health plan, Sendero does everything we can to ensure our members get the quality care they need," said Wesley Durkalski, president and CEO of Sendero Health Plans.
  • "We have eliminated cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment and are working with members with income changes to help them stay covered.
  • We are helping our members get connected with resources we have, not just for care but for all basic daily needs.

Chalice Network Waives Membership Fee for Those Who Need Quick Access to Affordable Healthcare Insurance Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 5:35pm

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Chalice Network, an online member-based digital marketplace for independent, small and midsized business owners, is waiving its annual membership fee to provide immediate access to discounted, affordable healthcare insurance options.

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  • SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Chalice Network, an online member-based digital marketplace for independent, small and midsized business owners, is waiving its annual membership fee to provide immediate access to discounted, affordable healthcare insurance options.
  • "We created Chalice to be a trusted partner that provides support and savings to small and midsized business owners," said Keith Gregg, Chalice CEO.
  • This is why we're waiving membership fees and providing immediate free access to affordable healthcare coverage."
  • If a new member then purchases insurance through Oasis, Chalice Network will waive its annual membership fee of $1,200.

Florida Blue Waives Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:30pm

Florida Blue is also working with its self-funded ERISA employers to assist them in meeting the needs of their employees during the health crisis.

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  • Florida Blue is also working with its self-funded ERISA employers to assist them in meeting the needs of their employees during the health crisis.
  • "Florida Blue is dedicated to the health of our members and the communities we serve.
  • Florida Blue is also offering personalized support from its Florida Blue Care Team at no additional cost to all members who are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.
  • Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for more than 75 years.

TriNet Bridges the Health Coverage Gap by Facilitating Access to Alternative Offerings for Small and Medium Size Businesses

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:16am

TriNet is responding to the looming health insurance coverage gap by facilitating access to alternative health plan options in addition to COBRA.

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  • TriNet is responding to the looming health insurance coverage gap by facilitating access to alternative health plan options in addition to COBRA.
  • A sampling of healthcare alternatives to which TriNet is facilitating access include:
    Through short-term health insurance provider Pivot Health, unemployed or furloughed workers can accessfast and flexible temporary medical insurance solutions to meet the coverage gap.
  • TriNet is also providing resources to help workers navigate their options, including a forthcoming webinar series titled, "Bridging the Health Coverage Gap."
  • TriNet (NYSE: TNET) provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry.