COVID-19 NATIONAL EMERGENCY & PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ENDING
The COVID-19 National Emergency will end on May 11, 2023, but includes an additional 60-day period to extend deadlines for COBRA elections/payments, HIPAA Special Enrollment, Appeals, and member submitted Claims. These deadlines will return to normal timeframes starting July 11, 2023.
The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end on May 11, 2023, removing the federally mandated coverage requirements for COVID-19 testing, related services, treatments and vaccinations. A summary of changes that will begin May 12, 2023, can be found here.
Blue Medicare Advantage summary of changes that will begin May 12, 2023, can be found here.
GETTING TESTED FOR COVID-19
There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19. A viral test will indicate a current infection. An antibody test might tell if you had an infection in the past.
When to seek a test
- You have COVID-19 symptoms.
- You’ve been in close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- You’ve taken part in a high-risk activity such as travel, attending a large social or mass gathering, or been in a crowded indoor setting.
- You’ve been referred to get a test from a healthcare provider or state health department.
How to get a test
You have a variety of in-network options if you’re interested in receiving a COVID-19 test. The following locations work with your plan, meaning you won’t have to pay out of pocket to receive a test ( please note that testing sites not included below may require you to pay higher out of pocket fees and submit a claim for reimbursement):
- Your Local County Health Department
- LabCorp and Quest diagnostic testing centers
- CVS and Walgreens pharmacies
- The pixel by LabCorp at home testing kit
IMPORTANT: In accordance with federal guidance, these tests will not be covered to screen for general workplace health and safety (such as employee ”return to work” program(s) or for public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 or for any other purpose not primarily intended for individualized diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.
If you have questions about COVID-19 or testing, please contact your primary care provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about COVID-19 testing? We’ve got answers. For a closer look at important things to know, refer to the FAQs below.