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UPMC Health Plan Extends COVID-19 Relief Benefit Provisions Through April 20

Health Insurer Continues to Waive All Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Copays for COVID-19 Treatment

Pittsburgh (Feb. 22, 2021) – UPMC Health Plan confirmed today that it will continue to waive all deductibles, coinsurance, and copays for in-network, inpatient COVID-19 treatment. Members enrolled in Medicare Advantage, fully insured employer group, and individual Affordable Care Act plans will be covered, as will those in self-insured employer group plans that opt in to this coverage.

This policy change is effective immediately and will stay in effect through April 20, 2021, as permitted under state and federal emergency declarations.

“UPMC Health Plan cares about our members, and we want them to know that COVID-19 treatment is both affordable and accessible,” said Diane Holder, president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan. “We are committed to providing [access to] the care our members need to stay healthy and safe. These efforts include our ongoing work to register our members to receive available vaccines and working with organizations conducting vaccine clinics to assist our eligible members.”

UPMC Health Plan will also continue to waive member cost sharing for in-network telehealth (virtual) visits with a health care provider—including through UPMC AnywhereCare—until April 20 as permitted under state and federal emergency declarations. Telehealth involves using technology—such as mobile apps, websites, telephonic, and videoconferencing software—to deliver physical and behavioral health care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these telehealth visits have become increasingly popular because they allow members and providers adhere to social distancing guidelines.

UPMC Health Plan maintains up-to-date and trustworthy information about COVID-19, including FAQs, vaccine updates, and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information about the services UPMC Health Plan provides is available at upmchealthplan.com. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at upmc.com.


About UPMC Insurance Services

Serving more than 3.9 million members, UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh. UPMC Insurance Services includes commercial products from UPMC Health Plan for groups as well as individuals. Commercial products also include workers' compensation and employee assistance from nationally known Workpartners. Government products include Medicare Advantage (UPMC for Life); special needs plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medical Assistance (UPMC for Life Complete Care and UPMC Community HealthChoices); Medical Assistance (UPMC for You); and Children's Health Insurance Program (UPMC for Kids). Also part of UPMC Insurance Services is Community Care Behavioral Health, one of the nation's largest managed care behavioral health organizations. For more information, visit upmchealthplan.com.