PITTSBURGH – With the number of COVID-19 cases growing throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, Highmark has announced that members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not have to worry about paying cost-sharing such as deductibles, coinsurance and copays through March 31, 2021.
The health insurer had previously made the decision to waive cost-sharing for in-network, inpatient COVID-19 related hospital care through Dec. 31. Self-funded employer groups for which Highmark administers benefits may, however, opt-out of this waiver.
Highmark is also extending the waiver of cost-sharing for in-network telehealth visits through March 31. As with COVID-19 treatment, self-funded employer groups for which Highmark administers benefits may also opt-out of this waiver.
Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members will also have no cost-sharing for telehealth visits in or out-of-network through March 31. Medicare Advantage members will see no copays for COVID related hospital admissions for the duration of the public health emergency.
Highmark will also cover COVID-19 vaccines free to its members once they are available.