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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan covers COVID-19 costs

Member cost-sharing waived for testing and treatment
Posted at 12:42 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:42:38-05

LANSING, Mich. — Dating back to March 2020, the Michigan community has been finding ways to aid those suffering most from the COVID-19 crisis and its effects. Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan has stepped up by helping its commercial members pay for both COVID-19 testing and treatment through March 2021.

"What that means is that our members aren't paying co-pays or deductibles or coinsurance, should they get the COVID-19 disease and need to go into the hospital," Andy Hetzel, VP of Corporate Communications for BCBS of Michigan, says. "We did that back in March to provide a little bit more security for our members during an uncertain time, and with this latest wave of the pandemic, we felt it was important to continue to provide that sense of security all the way through March 31 of next year. So through March 31 of 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members, should they contract COVID-19, can rest assured that they will not have cost-sharing associated with their treatment."

Hetzel says that they have had more than 55,000 BCBS and Blue Care Network members contract COVID-19 and need care. Since March, the cost of providing the waiver for just the co-pays alone has been $25 million.

"So you can extrapolate from that and just see, you know, based on the multipliers, just how expensive the treatment for COVID-19 can be, and so we want to provide again, that extra layer of confidence and security for our members through the end of March," Hetzel says.

This applies to all members and all commercial BCBS of Michigan and Blue Care Network plans.

"So essentially, if you have a cross and shield on your insurance card, this affects you in a very positive way," Hetzel adds.

For more information on what BCBS of Michigan has been doing to help Michigan survive this pandemic and more, go to bcbsm.com/coronavirus, or visit the corporate blog at mibluesperspectives.com.

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