The health plan will continue to waive member cost share through the end of 2020 for in-network hospitalization related to COVID-19. Such care will not be subject to cost share payments until at least next year. We hope this decision will help offer peace of mind during these unsettling times.
We understand that positive cases continue to rise in Wisconsin. Some areas are seeing a much higher rate than earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, and many patients and community members are seeking testing.
It is important to continue sharing the appropriate methods of testing with your employees and their families.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to take a free virtual evaluation at deancare.com/virtualvisit. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
If the evaluation determines they are at risk for having COVID-19, they will be connected with an SSM Health provider for details on testing and any appropriate treatments.
Those who are age 5 and over and are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, but would like to get tested for COVID-19 should go to a public testing facility. A list of public testing facilities is available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Reasons for wanting to get tested when not experiencing symptoms include:
Regardless of where individuals are tested, they should limit contact with others while test results are pending.
It’s also important to recognize that testing alone will not get us through this outbreak. Practicing smart preventive behavior remains the most important step we can take to reduce risk and slow spread in our community, including:
Five More SSM Dean Medical Group Clinics Reopen
SSM Health resumed operations at the remaining five clinics that where temporarily relocated or suspended services as part of their COVID-19 pandemic response. Now, all SSM Health Dean Medical Group clinics are open and operational.
Services resumed Monday, July 13, at:
The health and safety of staff, providers, patients and community remains the number one priority. As services resume – and as the move to full operations across the Wisconsin region gets closer – all clinics will continue to follow the established safety precautions including:
This is among the first steps in our phase one of recovery.
Four SSM Dean Medical Group Clinics to Reopen
As businesses are planning to reopen, so are SSM clinics that were temporarily closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is among the first steps in our phase one of recovery.
See the Clinics and Services Reopening news article.
As businesses experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic there may be resulting workforce reductions and temporary layoffs. We have received several questions regarding how this will affect an impacted employee’s eligibility for health insurance.
For the duration of the Public Health Emergency, regardless of how many hours an employee works, if the employer continues to classify the employee as an active employee who is eligible for health insurance coverage and pays the premium, the employee’s coverage will continue.
We have also received several questions regarding potential flexibility around premium payment grace periods and open enrollment period extensions during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Our aim is to do everything we can to work with you to help with payment so that people have coverage during this crisis. We are advocating at all levels of government, we are partnering with the business community and we will work with you as issues arise.
As soon as we have firm guidelines on available flexibility, we will reach out to you again. Flexibility around open enrollment periods may be available immediately. Contact your agent if you have questions regarding open enrollment period extensions.
Prescription drug refills
To provide members earlier access to prescription medications, we have relaxed our refill policy. Members can get early refills of maintenance and non-maintenance medications, both at a retail pharmacy and through mail order.
Formulary quantity limits have not changed and still apply to 30-day and 90-day fills. Specialty drugs are limited to a 30-day supply.