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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 nearly $3 billion committed to the fight. Working with health, government and community leaders, BCBS companies are at the forefront of care when it matters most.

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

Congress has allocated $175 BILLION in relief funds directly to HOSPITALS and HEALTHCARE PRACTIITIONERS.  

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency”

Older adults, people 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

Currently, there are more than 40 U.S. and 300 INTERNATIONAL clinical trials underway for COVID-19 therapies.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “FDA Combatting COVID-19 with Therapeutics,” April 9, 2020.

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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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HELPING PEOPLE MAINTAIN, ACCESS AND AFFORD COVERAGE

Provide employer subsidies to preserve health coverage, cover the cost of COBRA coverage and allow for a special enrollment period in the federally facilitated marketplaces for individual coverage.

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ENDING SURPRISE BILLS

End balance billing and surprise bills once and for all as part of the next legislative package on COVID-19.

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PREPARING TO REOPEN SAFELY

Ensure federal resources and public health support for widespread testing and surveillance to protect all Americans.

Learn more about what we recommend in the next phase of congressional COVID legislation.

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