- To help ensure you and your loved ones get the COVID-19 coverage you need without worrying about cost, we have taken the following steps to support our Medicare members:
- No-cost tests and no pre-authorization–we will cover the cost of a COVID-19 diagnostic test if a provider determines one is necessary, forgoing pre-authorization.
- No-cost treatment–we will cover the cost of treatment and in-patient medications for COVID-19 without any out-of-pocket costs through June 30, 2020. Out-patient medications treating COVID-19 will be covered at the normal member cost share.
- We’re in contact with high-risk members using our case management services to ensure they have the support they need.
- As we learn of members diagnosed with the virus, we are reaching out to provide personalized support.
- For medications that treat chronic conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes and others, you may also request extended supplies.
- If you have a Medical and Pharmacy Benefits (MAPD) plan, you may request a 100-day refill.
- If you have a Prescription Drug only (PDP) plan, you may request a 90-day refill.
- Some drugs are not eligible for extended supply. You may reference the formularies (drug lists) at the bottom of our homepage to confirm your medicine is eligible. Drugs listed as tier 5 or 6 and all opioids in the “Analgesics" section are not eligible for extended supply. Sign in to see your plan’s specific drug list.
- You may also order home-delivery prescriptions through Alliance Rx Walgreens Prime; or Postal Prescription Services, 1 (800) 552-6694. Please note: Call times may be longer than usual due to increased volume.
If a doctor believes you need to be tested for COVID-19, no pre-authorization is required and testing will be covered with no member cost-shares.
If you’re not experiencing flu-like symptoms, the best action you can take to protect yourself and others is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Also, make sure your immunizations—including flu and pneumonia shots if appropriate—are current.
We offer a variety of convenient care options, so you can talk to providers without leaving home. Calls, video chats, and in some geographic locations, mobile care units are available to answer questions and concerns about your health and well-being. Sign in to your regence.com account to see what options are available to you. If you haven’t yet registered for an account, now is a good time to do so.
Please, also refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for more prevention information and COVID-19 updates.
You can also find more information in the Regence blog.
Trusted sources for the most up-to-date information about COVID are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the health department in your state.
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, it’s best to call your doctor or urgent care center instead of going in person. That way they can set up a safe space for when you arrive. If your doctor believes you need to be tested, there is no pre-authorization required and testing will be covered under your usual health plan benefits.
If you’re not experiencing flu-like symptoms, the best thing you can do is to keep practicing healthy habits like regular hand washing, covering your mouth when sneezing and coughing, etc. People who are feeling healthy do not need to get tested for COVID-19.
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
If you have respiratory symptoms like those listed above, limit your exposure to others and call your doctor or urgent care. If you need help finding a doctor or urgent care center, call the number on the back of your Regence member ID card.
There is no vaccine currently available.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment of those symptoms would depend on the patient.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- The CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing. Follow CDC recommendations for use and washing of face masks.
- It’s important to continue social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick, in addition to wearing a facemask in public.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
The CDC has the most relevant and up-to-date resources for people who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Regence is working with our network providers, care managers and customer service professionals to ensure they have the latest information about the virus and can support our members who have questions or concerns. We are covering the cost of COVID-19 testing, the associated office visit, and COVID-19 treatment, including in-patient medications, at no cost share. Out-patient medications treating COVID-19 will be covered at the normal member cost share. For medications that treat chronic conditions, members may also request an extended supply. Our employees remain highly focused on planning and readiness to ensure we are here to support members and customers. This includes reaching out to provide personalized support as we learn of members diagnosed with the virus.
Last updated 05/13/2020