COVID-19 Updates

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Updated May 12, 2023

The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ended May 11, 2023. The COVID-19 national emergency ended April 10, 2023. The standard terms of your health plan or policy now apply to any COVID-19 related services. Please review your schedule of benefits if you have any questions.

COVID-19 tests

  • Diagnostic tests: We cover the COVID-19 PCR test under your health plan’s normal provisions, including any member cost-sharing.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) tests: We do not cover or reimburse for at-home, OTC COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines that come from the current federal supply will be free. Once that supply ends, the vaccine will be covered under your health plan’s normal provisions.

COVID-19 treatment

Regular coverage and cost sharing applies just as it did during the PHE, according to your plan benefits. Prescription drug treatments (e.g., Paxlovid™) from the federal government supply will remain free. Once that supply ends, we will cover those treatments under your health plan’s normal provisions, including any member cost-sharing. 

Health savings account (HSA) safe harbor

HSA-eligible high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) may continue to offer telehealth to members who have not yet met their deductibles, without jeopardizing their eligibility for an HSA. This safe harbor remains in effect until the end of plan years beginning in 2024 (i.e., until Dec. 31, 2024, for calendar year plans).

Keep up to date on the latest information

The news on COVID-19 is changing rapidly. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there. For the latest information on COVID-19, we recommend that you turn to trusted public health organizations such as:

The CDC, NIH, DHEC and WHO are independent organizations that provide health information you may find useful.

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