Horizon: COVID-19 Update as of June 1, 2021
Posted on June 9, 2021
Horizon COVID-19 Update – See Horizon’s Brief Notes Below
Note: Effective 7/1/2021 Horizon will end the cost-share waiver for COVID-19 treatment for fully insured groups.
Horizon BCBSNJ Brief Notes
Throughout our almost 90-year history, the health and well-being of our members have always been our top priorities. That’s why, during these unprecedented times, we’ve taken bold steps to help ensure our members can get the care they need. We want to give you an update on our response to COVID-19.
We’ve been here for our members and other customers when they’ve needed us most
For our employer group customers, we:
For our communities, we:
For more information on the many ways we’ve helped our members and customers throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, you can view the updated COVID-19 Resource Guide.
We’ve reached a turning point in the fight against COVID-19
COVID-19 case numbers are shrinking thanks to increased COVID-19 vaccination rates, prompting state and federal governments to ease restrictions. Horizon BCBSNJ will adjust their response as the situation improves.
As previously communicated, Horizon BCBSNJ will end the cost share waiver for members’ out-of-pocket costs (copays, deductibles and coinsurance) for claims for inpatient and outpatient treatment of COVID-19 after June 30, 2021.1 By this date, Horizon’s COVID-19 treatment cost share waiver will have been in place for almost 18 months. Other major health insurance carriers in New Jersey ended their waivers earlier this year, or never waived these costs at all.
Help for New Jersey’s essential workers
WC covers 100 percent of medical costs, without copays or deductibles, from the first date of injury or illness to the date that maximum medical improvement is achieved. Under WC, this period may extend for one day or a lifetime. This is important since many COVID-19 cases appear to have long-lasting medical implications. More information about this is available at HorizonBlue.com/covid19
No member cost sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing or telehealth visits
Vaccines are available at no cost
Horizon’s brochure, Every shot counts — the COVID-19 vaccines, is available in English and Spanish, and provides the facts on the COVID-19 vaccines. Please share this with your clients.
We’re proud of our work to support our members and health care professionals during the COVID-19 public health emergency. We will continue to work with doctors and hospitals to get our members access to care, including access to vaccinations, to stop the spread of COVID-19