Blue Cross North Carolina will soon begin charging members for COVID-19 treatment, representing one of the nation’s first insurers to end its waiver pausing cost-sharing and out-of-pocket expenses for coronavirus care during the public health crisis.
Come April 1, Blue Cross NC’s fully-insured and group members will be responsible for all the copayments, coinsurance and deductibles related to their treatment for COVID-19. The North Carolina Department of Insurance declined to comment.
“With the decline of new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and nationally, the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and more effective treatments available, we better understand the costs and the role treatments play in helping our members,” a Blue Cross NC spokesperson said in a statement. “Most health plans that had similar measures in place have already ended those measures.”
The insurer added that it waived cost-sharing fees for “two to three months longer than many other health plans,”