The members of the New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans (NYSCOP) remain focused on the safety and wellbeing of health plan members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BCBS health plans Implement Changes to Help Consumers including:
- No cost to members for COVID-19 vaccine
- No cost to members for COVID-19 testing
- No cost to members for office, urgent care, or ER visits related to COVID-19.
- Waiver of early refills limits for 30 or 90-day supplies of medications.
- Home delivery available for up to 90-day supply of medication at one time.
- No cost mental and emotional support services.
As the COVID-19 crisis escalated through 2020, Excellus Blue Cross BlueShield worked to protect and serve local families, employers, providers and community organizations across our upstate communities during this critical time of need.
Coverage and Special Enrollment
If you have recently lost coverage from your employer due to the public health emergency, BCBS health plans have several free and low-cost healthcare options available. Loss of coverage due to job loss is considered a qualifying event allowing people to sign up for coverage without waiting for open enrollment.
Uninsured New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly to insurers during a special enrollment period that has been extended through December 31, 2021.
Individuals can enroll in other state-sponsored programs such as Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus, at any time.
Remote medical care, known as telemedicine or telehealth, is when a patient and a provider communicate by audio, video or text messaging. BCBS health plans have expanded telehealth coverage to all plan members and waived any member cost-share responsibility for telemedicine services, regardless of the medical issue.
If your provider does not offer telehealth services, BCBS plans can help.
Last Updated September 14, 2021:
- 117,753 Test Results Reported
- 4,098 Positives
- 3.48% Percent Positive
- 2,476 Hospitalizations (+85)
- 8 new deaths reported by healthcare facilities
- 81.7% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
- 69.2% of all New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
- 40,017 doses administered over last 24 hrs
- 24,387,543 total doses administered
Latest State Directives
- On June 24, 2021 New York State ended the state disaster emergency declared on March 7, 2020 to fight COVID-19.
- COVID-19 restrictions are now lifted, as 70% of adults have received their first dose of the vaccine. New York State’s health guidance and industry specific guidelines are now optional across commercial and social settings.
- The Open Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended through December 31, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly through insurers.
- Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.
- Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
Updates from the CDC
CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker
An integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Find current transmission rates in all 62 New York counties.
Research from Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins experts are aggregating data from multiple credible sources for tracking, tracing and testing of COVID-19. Stay up to date on New York’s numbers and see how they compare with other states and countries.