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Changes coming to health care coverage related to COVID

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At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government took several measures that affected insurance coverage for health care. With the government now set to end the federal public health emergency related to the pandemic, certain benefits are set to return to pre-COVID levels.

For employees enrolled in DePaul's HMO, PPO and CDHP plans, the following changes will take effect on May 11:

  • COVID-19 diagnostic tests will be covered at the regular benefit, per your medical plan. When you receive a COVID-19 test at a doctor's office or medical facility, the copay/coinsurance for that test will apply, similar to if, as an example, you went to your doctor's office for a strep test.
  • COVID-19 testing-related visits will be covered at the regular benefit, per your medical plan. This is the cost for the office visit that is charged in addition to the COVID-19 test. The copay/coinsurance for the provider will apply.
  • Over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests will no longer be covered. However, you will be able to use your Flexible Spending Account to pay for them.
  • COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration will be covered at the preventive benefit level, similar to the influenza vaccine.

Coverage details for DePaul's 2023 HMO, PPO and CDHP health plans can be found on the Human Resources website. You can also call the number on your BCBS member ID card with any questions about your coverage.

The Benefits Team is also here to help. You may reach out to the Benefits Team online or call (312) 362-8232 with questions.

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