The largest FEHB carrier, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, has loosened several policies, for those diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory condition caused by the Coronavirus including waiving:
* prior authorization requirements for diagnostic tests and for covered services that are “medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance”;
* any copays or deductibles for diagnostic tests or treatment under that same standard;
* early medication refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications and cost sharing for prescriptions for up to a 14-day supply; and
* copays for telehealth services related to COVID-19.
Blue Cross covers some 6 million federal employees, retirees and eligible family members in the FEHB.