April 29, 2020

Update: COVID-19 Coverage and Eligibility Dates Extended

Our focus has been to help our employer customers and members during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are monitoring this pandemic and are extending some of our coverage and eligibility dates. As always, members should call the number on their ID card for answers to their specific benefit questions. 

Benefit Effective Date Projected End Date Link to Article on Original Dates
COVID-19 Testing 3/7/20 Cost share waiver ends with the end of Health and Human Services (HHS) public health emergency COVID-19 Coverage Information for Employers and Members
COVID-19 Testing-related Visits 3/18/20 Cost share waiver ends with the end of HHS public health emergency UPDATE: COVID-19 Coverage for ASO Groups Regarding FFCRA and Telehealth Expansion
Telehealth Expansion 3/18/20 5/31/20* UPDATE: COVID-19 Coverage for ASO Groups Regarding FFCRA and Telehealth Expansion
COVID-19 Treatment 4/1/20 5/31/20 Decision Needed: ASO Groups Can Waive Member Cost Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment
Interfacility Transfer 4/1/20 5/15/20* BCBSMT Waiving Prior Authorization for Transfers to Post-acute Facilities
Prior Authorization Services scheduled between 1/1/20 and 6/30/20** 12/31/20 Extending Prior Authorization on Previously Approved Elective Surgeries, Procedures and Therapies
Chest CT Scan 3/2/20 End of HHS public health emergency * Making It Easier to Access Chest CT Scans
*Date change/extension
**Services that were originally approved or scheduled between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020

Extensions on Telehealth Expansion: Self-funded customer (ASO) decisions will be extended as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) makes extensions for fully insured members. An ASO account’s prior decision will remain in place unless the group requests a change from its account executive. BCBSMT will accommodate changes on a monthly basis. Requests received between the first and 15th of every month will begin dates of service the first of the following month. Requests received after the 15th of the month will begin dates of service following the next effective period. 

Action may be needed for ASO groups: If your ASO client would like to make a change from their original decision, please contact your account executive no later than Thursday, April 30. If you don’t communicate that change by April 30, your client’s decision will continue as currently coded. Change decisions made after April 30 cannot be accommodated for a May 1 effective date.

Reminder: COVID-19 testing and testing-related visits are covered at no cost share for fully insured and ASO members as required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act until the end of the federal public health emergency.

Eligibility Requirements Extension for Employees: We previously relaxed the eligibility requirements for currently enrolled/covered group members.