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Highmark waves deductibles, copays for COVID-19 hospital treatment

Highmark members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not have to pay deductibles, coinsurance and copays, effective immediately. The Pittsburgh-based health insurance organization waived these costs for all members with group employer coverage, as well as Affordable Care Act and Medicare members.

Highmark previously waived out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing and telehealth, and is now doing the same for related inpatient hospitalization following a positive test.

“With this decision, we are removing potential barriers our members may face in receiving care for COVID-19,” said Deborah Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark Inc. “It is the right thing to do for our members and for our community.”

The waiver will continue through May 31.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon

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