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Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic with care and compassion

As the nation continues to confront the coronavirus outbreak, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies are supporting patients, health care partners and communities with more than $7 billion committed to the fight.

BCBS companies have enhanced access to coronavirus care by eliminating key costs and are ensuring that health care systems and physician practices have the financial and medical resources they need to treat patients now and after this pandemic.

Congress made $175 BILLION in relief funds available to the Department of Health and Human Services to send direct assistance to HOSPITALS and HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS.  

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: General Information."

Older adults, people of color, individuals with an underlying medical condition or those who are immunocompromised may be at a HIGHER RISK OF SERIOUS ILLNESS due to COVID-19.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

TWO VACCINES have been approved for emergency use in the U.S. and several others are in Phase 3 of clinical trials. Globally, researchers are currently testing 64 VACCINES with humans. 

Source: New York Times, “Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker,” January 4, 2021.

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WE SUPPORT A NUMBER OF ACTIONS TO HELP INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SAFEGUARD THEIR HEALTH DURING THIS TIME.

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ROBUST TESTING AND CONTRACT TRACING

A robust testing strategy is vital to suppress and contain the virus.

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NO-COST ACCESS TO VACCINES

A safe, effective and affordable vaccine — that the public trusts — is a key component in the COVID-19 response.

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AFFORDABLE COVERAGE AND CARE

Ensuring access to affordable coverage and health care is imperative so people can get the care they need to diagnose and treat COVID-19.

Learn more about what we recommend to address the COVID pandemic.

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