BlueCross Will Cover Costs for COVID-19 Booster
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee wants members to know that it will cover the administration cost for a COVID-19 booster for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, including those undergoing cancer treatment.
"We want to ensure those needing a COVID-19 booster understand their costs are covered," said Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross. "It's our responsibility to support members seeking to protect themselves against COVID-19. Research has demonstrated the clear value of a booster to reduce risk, which ultimately will help communities facing the Delta variant surge."
For commercial Blue Network S, P and L members, BlueCross will cover the cost of the fees associated with receiving the COVID-19 booster. If a BlueCross member is charged for their vaccine visit, they can call the Member Services number on the back of their Member ID card for help.
Medicare Advantage, BlueCare Tennessee and BlueCare Plus Tennessee members will also be able to get a booster without any out-of-pocket costs.
"As a BlueCross member and public health advocate, I strongly encourage all eligible Tennesseans to get a COVID-19 vaccine - and a booster when it's recommended for them," Dr. Willis said. "These vaccines are safe, and they're saving lives across Tennessee and around the country."
According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccine boosters may be recommended for those who:
In addition to covering costs of the COVID-19 booster for immunocompromised members, BlueCross continues to support a variety of efforts to encourage better health for its members throughout the national public health emergency. These include:
To date, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has given nearly $9 million to communities across the state throughout the pandemic, including:
For additional information on the BlueCross response to COVID-19, visit BCBSTUpdates.com.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary of bringing peace of mind to its members and local communities. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's news center at bcbstnews.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. It has awarded $120 million in grants since 2005. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.
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