Public Health Emergency ending
The COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service Act by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, expires end-of-day May 11, 2023. This will affect all Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) members.
As of May 11, 2023, we will not cover over-the-counter COVID home tests. However, we will cover the COVID-related services below at 100% until July 31, 2023:
- In-office and telehealth visits
- In-office visits for testing
- Lab testing
As of Aug. 1, 2023:
- COVID vaccines will follow benefit plan cost shares.
- In-office and telehealth visits for COVID will follow benefit plan cost shares.
- COVID lab testing will also follow benefit plan cost shares.
We’re here for you.
Check your benefit plan book for cost share information. For help, call the Member Services phone number on the back of your member ID card.
At-Home COVID-19 tests
BCBSND members can receive at-home COVID-19 home test kits authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost. This applies whether you get your coverage on your own or through work.
Clinical COVID-19 tests
We are waiving member costs for medically necessary COVID-19 tests.
BCBSND members pay no out-of-pocket costs for emergency authorized use COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines themselves are paid through U.S. tax dollars and costs to administer the vaccines are paid by BCBSND Because of our commitment to vaccinating North Dakota, if federal subsidies end, BCBSND will step in and pay for the vaccine.
COVID-19 treatment is covered like other illnesses. The details of your plan will work the same way for COVID-19.
Wellness and preventive benefits
Preventive health measures are more important now than ever. Studies have shown that many Americans are delaying care due to COVID-19. Consider that skipping a routine cancer screening could mean the difference between a fast recovery and a more dire prognosis.
Take advantage of the well-being tools and resources included with your plan.
Is it time for your next preventive visit?
See what kind of checks, tests or screenings are recommended based on your age and gender.