The Federal Public Health Emergency ends on May 11, 2023. On January 30, 2023, the Biden administration announced that federal emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic expire on May 11, 2023. There are many coverage and cost-share waivers tied to the federal public health emergency (PHE). These may affect Highmark members insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs.
Given our ongoing commitment to support our members, clients and providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Highmark will extend the following waivers to Highmark members with employer-sponsored or individual health insurance coverage until June 1, 2023*:
*While this coverage applies to most Highmark members, every plan is a little different. If you have any questions, please login to your member portal and send a message using the message center to Member Service. You can also call Member Service using the number on the back of your insurance card.
** West Virginia Members: Please note that WV State mandates may continue to be in place and extend coverage of these services after 6/1/2023. Please continue to check back here for updates.
After June 1, 2023, the services above may have out-of-pocket costs based on your plan coverage.
No, due to government regulations all out-of-network claims will be processed according to your Medicare Advantage plan benefits beginning on June 11, 2023.
If you choose to see an out-of-network provider on or after June 11th, and your plan has out-of-network benefits, you may see a change in the amount you owe. If you choose to see an out-of-network provider on or after June 11th, and your plan does not have out-of-network benefits, you will have to pay the full amount owed (except for urgent or emergency care).
For members with Highmark employer-sponsored or individual health insurance coverage, Highmark will continue to cover inpatient COVID-19 treatment based on the member’s plan coverage for in-patient services. This may mean there will be out-of-pocket costs based on your plan.
For Highmark Medicare Advantage members, inpatient COVID-19 treatment will be fully covered through December 31, 2023.
Yes, Highmark will continue to cover EUA vaccines, tests, and treatments. The ending of the PHE will not impact FDA’s ability to authorize tests, treatments, or vaccines for emergency use.
All references to “Highmark” in this document are references to the Highmark company that is providing the member’s health benefits or health benefit administration and/or to one or more of its affiliated Blue companies.
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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield or Highmark Blue Shield are Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and/or Part D plans with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in these plans depends on contract renewal.
®Blue Cross, Blue Shield and the Cross and Shield symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Benefits and/or benefit administration may be provided by or through the following entities, which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association: Western and Northeastern PA: Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Health Insurance Company, Highmark Coverage Advantage Inc., Highmark Benefits Group Inc., First Priority Health, First Priority Life or Highmark Senior Health Company. Central and Southeastern PA: Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield, Highmark Benefits Group Inc., Highmark Health Insurance Company, Highmark Choice Company or Highmark Senior Health Company.
PA: Your plan may not cover all your health care expenses. Read your plan materials carefully to determine which health care services are covered. For more information, call the number on the back of your member ID card or, if not a member, call 866-459-4418.
Delaware: Highmark BCBSD Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
West Virginia: Highmark West Virginia Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Health Insurance Company or Highmark Senior Solutions Company. Visit our website to view the Access Plan required by the Health Benefit Plan Network Access and Adequacy Act. You may also request a copy by contacting us at the number on the back of your ID card.
Western NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Northeastern NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield.
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