Blue Cross Blue Shield extends no-cost treatment

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network will provide their members with no-cost treatment for COVID-19 disease through the end of 2020.

Members have not had to pay copays, deductibles or coinsurance since March and now will have the security of no-cost treatment through Dec. 31.

“Thanks to the valiant efforts of our frontline health workers, our health systems and our governmental leaders, Michigan has flattened the coronavirus curve,” BCBSM President and CEO Daniel Loepp said. “Still, the virus remains in our communities and many people continue to suffer. Blue Cross wants our members in Michigan and across the nation to rest assured that, should they contract the COVID-19 disease, they won’t have to worry about the financial cost of fighting it.”

The cost-share waivers apply to members in fully insured commercial PPO and HMO plans, as well as individuals in fully insured Medicare Advantage plans.

BCBSM will work with employer group customers who are self-insured to make decisions regarding their own benefits. BCBSM estimated it will spend between $23 million to $43 million in providing these additional benefits — bringing the company’s total investment in additional benefits for members to nearly $150 million during the pandemic.

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