8 insurers offering discounts to members

A growing number of commercial insurers are providing their members with discounts as their medical claim costs fall due to restricted elective services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are eight examples as of May 14: 

Editor's note: Policies vary by insurer. This list will be updated if more announcements are made. Email mhaefner@beckershealthcare.com if your company has implemented similar measures. 

1. Florida Blue is waiving cost-sharing for in-network primary care and behavioral health office and telehealth visits for Medicare Advantage members through December 2020.

2. Priority Health, a health plan in Michigan, is providing premium credits to its members. It is also waiving cost-sharing for all Medicare Advantage members for in-person and telehealth primary care services through the end of the year. 

3. For its Medicare Advantage members, Aetna is waiving all cost-sharing for in-person and telehealth primary care visits with an in-network provider. It is also waiving cost-sharing for all members who have in-network telemedicine visits for outpatient behavioral and mental health counseling services. Both actions are in effect through Sept. 30.

4. Premera Blue Cross said more than 200,000 of its commercial and individual members will receive up to $65 million in premium relief funds and premium rebates over the coming months.

5. Cigna's Express Scripts is capping the out-of-pocket cost for 30-day supplies of generic and brand-name prescriptions at $25 and $75, respectively.

6. UnitedHealth Group is providing members more than $1.5 billion in discounts, including premium rebates, and its Medicare Advantage customers won't have to cover cost-sharing when they access specialists and primary care physicians at least through September.

7. Humana is waiving all cost-sharing for in-network primary care, behavioral health and telehealth visits for its Medicare Advantage members through the end of 2020. 

8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is waiving cost-sharing for Medicare Advantage members through the end of the year for in-person primary care services, behavioral health office visits and telehealth services for both medical and behavioral health.

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