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Independent Health to cover all costs for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis & treatment


Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:00 pm

Company partnering with physicians to align members without a primary care physician to get one right away

Independent Health announced it will waive copayments or cost- sharing for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and individual plan members through May 31.

“It’s no secret that, when our community faces a challenge, we come together like no other; and at Independent Health, helping our members through difficult times has always been part of the ‘RedShirt Treatment.’ What’s happening now with the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO for Independent Health.

In addition, earlier this month, Independent Health announced it will cover in-network telehealth/telemedicine services, whether or not COVID-19-related, to encourage social distancing and help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. There will be $0 copay or cost-sharing for these services, as well.

The company said, “Now more than ever, it’s so important for everyone to have a primary care physician.”

For its members who do not have a primary care physician, Independent Health has taken a leadership role in partnering with General Physician PC and other primary care practices to connect these members with a doctor right away, Cropp said.

Independent Health is also allowing members who are considered to be at higher risk as defined by CDC guidelines to obtain an early refill of their medication, if needed.

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