Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) extended eligibility for certain expanded virtual care benefits for members. All temporary virtual care coverage changes currently in effect will be extended through December 31, 2021. This includes coverage for behavioral health services, in addition to physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and medication management. A cost sharing waiver launched in early 2020 covering all in-network treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – including office visits and hospitalizations – at no cost to members will be extended through June 30, 2021.
The treatment cost-waiver applies to all members in fully insured commercial plans, which encompass thousands of small to large businesses throughout the state; Minnesotans who purchase Blue Cross coverage on their own; and seniors enrolled in Medicare. Self-insured employers have the flexibility to direct Blue Cross to administer the same change within their own health benefit plans.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A non-profit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.
This was reported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota on February 10, 2021.
Contact information: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, 401 Harding Street Northeast Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413; Website: https://www.bluecrossmn.com/