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November 23, 2020

News about Employer Business

Independence announces extensions to COVID‑19 provisions

In our ongoing commitment to our clients and their members during the COVID‑19 pandemic, Independence will extend many of the COVID‑19 provisions we put in place this year until March 31, 2021. Please refer to the updated benefits grids linked below for more details.

Fully insured and consumer COVID‑19 provisions chart

Self‑funded COVID‑19 provisions chart

Coverage for primary care telemedicine visits

Starting January 1, 2021, primary care telemedicine visits will be covered at $0 member cost share for COVID‑19 diagnoses only. All other primary care telemedicine visits will be covered at the plan members’ regular cost share. For information about MDLIVE coverage and cost sharing, read this article.

Coverage for COVID‑19 testing

We will continue to cover COVID‑19 diagnostic tests and antibody tests with no member cost sharing when directed by the member’s health provider. This is in accordance with all federal and state mandates during the public health emergency, which is currently scheduled through January 21, 2021.            

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