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 June 24, 2021:
- Statewide Positivity: 0.30%
- Hospitalizations: 442
- New Deaths: 5
- 71.3% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose
- 63.7% have completed their vaccine series (Per CDC)
- 56,547 doses were administered over past 24 hours
- 20,759,365 doses administered to date
Latest State Directives
- Sign up for the ‘Get a Shot to Make Your Future’ program, an incentive for 12- to 17-year-olds to get vaccinated. Participants can enter into a random prize drawing and potentially receive a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college.
- Governor Cuomo announced most remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted when 70% of New Yorkers 18+ have received the first dose of their vaccine.
- Effective May 19, New York State has adopted the CDC’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People” for most businesses and public settings. See New York’s guidance for implementing the new CDC recommendations.
- 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.
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.