As the country continues to struggle in coming to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has announced the extension of virtual care benefits for its members till the end of 2021.
- The insurer said the virtual care for behavioral health services, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and medication management will be covered under the extension. The change will apply to all fully insured commercial, individual and Medicare plans.
- Explaining the reasons for the extension, Craig Samitt, MD, president and CEO of BCBS of Minnesota, said: “We’ve heard first-hand from our members and healthcare provider partners that virtual care is working to help address the needs of our communities at a time when in-person care may not always be available or preferred.”
- The insurer also announced to extend its cost-sharing waiver for in-network Covid-19 treatment through June 30. Covid-19 testing and vaccines will be covered at no cost to members through the duration of the federal public health emergency.https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/bcbs-of-minnesota-extends-coverage-for-virtual-care.html