BCBSOK to invest $1M in organizations amid pandemic
TULSA – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced on April 28 it will invest $1 million into statewide community organizations offering support services for the COVID-19 pandemic.
A portion of the $1 million was given to four organizations covering Oklahomans across the state in metro and rural areas, including Community Service Council of Tulsa and Heartline OKC, which operate the 2-1-1 statewide COVID-19 hotline, and the Tulsa Area United Way and United Way of Central Oklahoma for their statewide COVID-19 response funds.
“We are grateful for this donation from BCBSOK and other businesses that have stepped up to help Oklahomans who need immediate support,” said Alison Anthony, president and CEO of Tulsa Area United Way. “We are committed to providing services for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardship, primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income, or unexpected food and childcare expenses.”
Additional discussions are taking place regarding ways to provide direct support to doctors, nurses and health care professionals working on the frontlines of COVID-19 response.
“There is an unprecedented need to help provide services to support Oklahomans during this pandemic crisis, and we are proud to share our resources and invest these funds where they are needed most across our state,” BCBSOK President Joseph R. Cunningham said. “The health care heroes saving lives and taking care of patients on the front lines are doing amazing work while being pushed to their limits. BCBSOK is looking at ways to support these hardworking medical professionals and our hospital and community partners.”
BCBSOK, Oklahoma’s largest member-owned health insurer, also enhanced its coverage policies to help members in response to COVID-19 during this public health emergency, including:
· Expanding access to telehealth coverage;
· Waiving preauthorization and members’ cost-sharing for testing to diagnose COVID-19;
· Waiving members’ cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment;
· Lifting restrictions on early prescription fills;
· Lifting cost-sharing for in-network medically necessary services delivered via telemedicine;
· Waiving prior authorization requirements for transfers to in-network, alternative post-acute facilities until May 15, 2020;
· Launching dedicated COVID-19 educational websites so members can easily access information and resources around COVID-19.
For information on BCBSOK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit bcbsok.com/covid-19
. Patients experiencing illness should contact their doctors. BCBSOK members who have questions about their coverage should call the number on their member ID card.