MAHP Member Health Plans Respond to COVID-19 Emergency

When faced with the COVID-19 crisis, MAHP member health plans stepped up to ensure that people receive the treatment they need and to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.

All MAHP member health plans have implemented the following measures that will be effective for the duration of the public health emergency:

  • No Copayments, Deductibles or Co-Insurance for COVID-19 Testing
  • Covering treatment related to COVID-19 without copayments and in some instances without cost sharing
  • Covering all telemedicine related to COVID-19 without copayments, deductibles, co-insurance or prior authorization for in-network providers
  • Covering telehealth for non-COVID-19 covered health care services, including behavioral health care services
  • Waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications
  • Dedicated phone lines and/or dedicated staff to respond to members calls regarding COVID-19
  • Massachusetts Health Connector plans are supporting a Special Open Enrollment Period for the Uninsured
  • Expediting credentialing for all health care practitioners seeking to be newly credentialed or who are modifying existing credentialing
  • Suspending prior authorization for patients being discharged from acute care inpatient care to alternative levels of care

Click here for more details and list of health plan actions.

Health Plan Actions

MAHP Member Health Plans Support COVID-19 Relief

Expanded partnership with Community Servings, an organization that delivers medically-tailored meals to chronically ill members, to also support members who fall into high-risk categories for COVID-19

Donated critical supplies including cloth masks, hand sanitizer and food to community health centers and community based organizations, and conducted targeted outreach and support to higher-risk populations

Pledged $4 million dollars to create their Member Support Program to help members cover the costs of urgent items, such as food, over-the-counter medications, and personal care items

Launched Peace of Mind initiative to provide members with additional support for health needs and social determinants of health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Donated $2 million to support Dental Society and local dentists & $200,000 to Massachusetts Non-profits for COVID-19 relief. Developed Provider Advance Payment Program and Employer Relief to ensure continuity of dental care

Donated $250,000 to combat hunger in their service area. Donated $25,000 to Worcester Together to address COVID-19 community needs & $75,000 in emergency mini-grants to organizations supporting food insecurity and seniors across the state. Directly assisting families with newborns with food insecurity and language barriers to get needed food and supplies during the pandemic. Employees coordinated to provide 416 families holiday meals and supermarket gift cards. Keeping PACE centers open to participants who require the day program to remain safe in the community.

Donated $7 million through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to support community and nonprofit organizations, including $500k to nonprofits that assist older adults, $2 million to nonprofits helping people respond to the impact of COVID-19, $3 million to community health centers, $350K to Health Food Fund partners and $832K to Meal Dilivery Partnerships.

Contributed $175,000 to support local, non-profit organizations helping individuals, families and communities most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and helped to provide meals to frontline workers. Set up a workgroup with Baystate Health and Caring Health Center with the objective of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the most medically vulnerable in their communities, especially those with significant social needs.

Magellan Health opened a free national 24-hour crisis line for all first responders and health care workers who are serving on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic

Committed $2 million through the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to organizations helping vulnerable populations during the pandemic. Collaborated with Lawyers for Civil Rights and provided 40 minority-and women-owned local small businesses with grants to purchase personal protective equipment, health and wellness items and remote technology. Provided local nonprofits with supplies and meal baskets during the holiday season and traditional back-to-school items and Chromebooks for students.

UniCare & UniCare Foundation committed $85,000 for COVID-19 relief in Massachusetts. Delivered meals to frontline workers in Methuen, Haverhill & Lawrence and sponsored a food drive in Lowell. Parent company Anthem, Inc. launched a coronavirus assessment and symptom checker

Developed Love for the Frontline website with resources to help frontline health care workers stay healthy while performing vital work during COVID-19 pandemic. Donated thermometers to shared living facility and community health center

MAHP National Health Plans Support COVID-19 Relief

Investing nearly $50 million through the company and its foundations to support key priorities, including addressing food insecurity among vulnerable populations, access to telehealth for the underserved, personal protective equipment and mental health support for front-line workers and investments in community resilience funds

Donated $25 million to help launch the Brave of Heart Fund along with New York Life to support families of front-line healthcare workers who give their lives in the fight against COVID-19 & launched Express Scripts’ Parachute Rx to ensure Americans can continue to afford their prescription medications during the pandemic. Launched COVID-19 Customer Protection Program to further safeguard customers from unexpected costs for COVID-19 care through “surprise” or “balance” bills from out-of-network providers. Launched a Cigna Care Card to help clients provide financial assistance to employees, by designating a tax-free dollar amount to cover expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19

Accelerated nearly $2 billion of payments to care providers to provide needed liquidity for the health system. Provided $1.5 billion in direct customer and consumer support through premium credits, cost-sharing waivers and other efforts. Partnered with Boston Scientific, Medtronic and the Univ. of Minnesota to develop and deploy 3,000 “light ventilators” to address critical shortages. Opened free access to our mental health mobile app and 24/7 emotional support phone lines to help all Americans cope with mental health impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic

MAHP member plans have developed webpages dedicated to information on COVID-19 to assist their members

Please click on the health plan logo below to view your plan’s COVID-19 information page.