Apr 6, 2020
BMC HealthNet Plan Signs Pledge of Support for Low-income Populations Dealing with Coronavirus
BOSTON, Masachusetts. – Monday, April 6, 2020

In a public show of solidarity, members of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) – including BMC HealthNet Plan – are signing a pledge agreeing to generally waive copayments for treatment of COVID-19 for low-income populations. The ACAP pledge, which BMCHP president Heather Thiltgen already signed on behalf of our organization, reads as follows:

These Safety Net Health Plans have pledged to do the following for their members:

  • Waive all deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payment for diagnosis and medically-necessary acute treatment of COVID-19 consistent with CDC guidance to the extent allowed under federal and state law.
  • Waive prior authorization requirements for diagnostic tests and medically-necessary acute covered services, consistent with CDC guidance, related to COVID-19.
  • Waive early medication refill limits on prescriptions.
  • Protect health care providers and patients by supporting efforts to move provider visits to a telehealth setting to the maximum extent allowable by medical guidelines and state and federal regulations.

And our plans are pleased to join the health care community at large in complying with COVID-19 laws and rules to:

  • Cover coronavirus testing for all enrollees.
  • Waive all co-payments, deductibles and cost sharing for COVID-19 testing.
  • Cover treatment for COVID-19 related illnesses.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to members experiencing the effects of this pandemic,” Heather said. “Signing this pledge in concert with the other health plans demonstrates our collective resolve to care and support everyone, regardless of their situations.”  

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