|[February 08, 2013]
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Adjusts Health and Pharmacy Benefits for Members Affected by the Winter Storm
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced revised medical and
pharmacy guidelines to help members who are directly impacted by the
The revised guidelines will help members who are impacted by the winter
storm access needed medical care and prescription drugs.
Members affected by the winter storm should seek medical assistance
wherever it is available and have their medications refilled at any
pharmacy or shipped to them.
In addition, for members in New York, all providers caring for affected
members will be considered "in-network" providers.
These revisions apply to affected members living in New York who are
affected by the storm and who are covered by Empire Blue Cross Blue
For impacted members, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield is:
Allowing the affected members to see any physician necessary to
provide access to care.
Paying all claims as in-network, regardless of whether or not the
health care provider is in network.
Suspending early refill limits.
Suspending utilization management (UM) review of in-hospitalcases.
Allowing replacement of medical equipment or supplies.
Extending filing deadlines for claims.
Extending the time period for notification of hospital admissions.
These medical and pharmacy guidelines are effective immediately until
For additional questions, members should call the phone number on the
back of their membership card.
About Empire BlueCross BlueShield:
Serving New Yorkers for over 75 years, Empire BlueCross BlueShield is
the largest health insurer in New York supporting nearly six million
members and more than 38,000 business, union and small employers in New
York. Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire
HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is
the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees
of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and
businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York
State. Additional information about Empire is available at www.empireblue.com.
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