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Highmark to cover Coronavirus testing

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (March 6, 2020) — With COVID-19 (or the coronavirus) commanding the news, Highmark understands that this issue is of great concern for our health plan members. In an effort to address the spread of the coronavirus and bring peace of mind to our members, Highmark will waive prior authorization requirements for the COVID-19 diagnostic test when recommended by a medical professional. Additionally, the COVID-19 diagnostic test will be covered without cost-sharing. This would mean that cost-sharing (i.e. deductibles, copayments and coinsurance) associated with the COVID-19 diagnostic test ordered by a medical professional will be waived for all members.

At their discretion, our self-insured health plan sponsors will be able to opt-out of this program.

Any in-network office visits, urgent care center visits, emergency care services and inpatient care will be covered based on benefits provided under the member’s plan.

Highmark is actively encouraging our members to utilize telemedicine services that are available to them based on their benefits. In addition, we will waive cost-sharing for covered telemedicine services for a period of 90 days, effective immediately.

Highmark provides telemedicine coverage options through national telemedicine vendors as well as our in-network primary care and specialist providers who choose to offer such services using appropriate telecommunications technology.

Learn more information about the Coronovirus.