Major health insurance carriers have released updated information regarding costs associated with COVID-19. As has been previously communicated, all health plans must provide no-cost coverage for COVID-19 testing. However, major carriers are extending that benefit and will waive co-pays or other costs associated with medical treatment, even if the member has to stay in the hospital.  

Anthem Blue Cross: Anthem will expand coverage, effective April 1, for members in its affiliated health plans undergoing treatment related to a COVID-19 diagnosis. The expansion covers the waiver of cost share for COVID-19 treatment received through May 31, 2020. Click here to learn more. 

Blue Shield of California: Blue Shield has announced that it will cover members’ coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles for COVID-19 medical treatments through May 31, 2020. Click here to learn more.

Kaiser: Kaiser Permanente is waiving member out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient services when treating COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 

UnitedHealthcare (UHC): UHC is waiving member cost-share for the treatment of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 

Sutter: No update available regarding treatment. Sutter Health Plan will not collect patient cost shares in advance of providing services for medically necessary COVID-19 screening and testing in advance. Click here to learn more. 

Western Health Advantage: No update available regarding treatment. Waived all cost-sharing for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 only. No further details at this time. Click here to learn more. 

The list is current as of today and is not all-inclusive. Please contact your benefits team for information about additional carriers.